If water is on the loose in your home, you could soon be paying the price. Even modest leaks from plumbing or roofing can cause serious damage and lead to dangerous mold growth. So what can you do about it? Be on the lookout for signs of water damage, protect vulnerable pipes from freezing and busting when the temperature drops, and call a professional if you see or smell mold.
Drywall, stucco, and nearly all building materials can be damaged by moisture. Moisture penetrates wood and other materials over time, causing them to swell, warp, and rot. The result is serious structural damage. The solution is to stop the source of the leak, dry out the structure, remove the already damaged material to keep the problem from spreading, and restore the structural integrity of the building.
While some humidity in homes is perfectly fine, relative humidity levels above 50% should be avoided because they promote condensation and damp conditions that contribute to itchy skin, dust mite growth, water damage, and mold. Levels over 100% cause humidity to condense into liquid. High humidity levels also make a home less comfortable to live in and air conditioners less effective at cooling.
Where there’s water, fungal spores, and a comfortable temperature, there’s usually mold growth. Uninhibited moisture creates the perfect conditions for mold to thrive, especially if the source of the moisture is hidden in wall voids, basements, attics, and other nooks and crannies. High levels of mold are dangerous. When breathed in, mold spores can cause upper tract respiratory problems in otherwise healthy people, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
DASO Restoration offers Long Island flood and water damage restoration and extraction services. Give us a call if you discover serious damage from a water leak or experience flooding in your home or business. We also offer mold removal, fire damage clean up, asbestos and lead abatements, and bed bug removal services. Talk to one of our friendly team members about your water damage problem at (718) 893-0252.