Water Damage and Mould

Water Damage and Mould

We ran this article in April 2011, but we felt that due to the extreme weather we have had this winter, it was worth running again,

We have all herd the saying “April showers bring May flowers”. With the possibility of high amounts of rain in April on top of the snow fall we had this winter the ground will be saturated, creating the right conditions for flooding.

Water damage can come from many different sources. Flooding, burst pipes, roof leaks, and high humidity are just a few of them. Regardless of how the damage occurred, water damage can cause significant devastation in your household or workplace. Immediate attention is necessary to control mould growth.

Mould needs three things to grow, Water, Heat and a Food source. Because we are surrounded by food sources for mould and mould loves the temperatures we enjoy we must control the moisture in our homes or workplaces.

There are many factors to be concerned about when you have water damage in your building including the source of water, what it has come in contact with, if there are any contaminates in the water, housing finishes, materials (building or contents) affected, hidden moisture, high humidity, and so on. This is a great time to seek professional help. Mouldoff professionals are trained to seek out the cause of the water damage and develop a restoration plan to dry the building structure out to protect against mould growth.

 

General guidelines for cleaning up water damage:

  • Wear personal protective equipment: eye protection, gloves, boots, and appropriate respiratory protection where necessary.
  • Locate the source of the water leak and take corrective measures as necessary.
  • Remove any excess water.
  • Use wet materials when possible.
  • Strip out and dispose of unsalvageable contents and building materials.

 

The most important action in any water damage situation is speed.

Quick response to drying the building out is imperative after a water loss. This will decrease the risk of mould growth.

Now is the time to check the exterior of your home for winter damages. Eaves troughs and downspouts can pull away from the building or even fall off. Make sure they are directed away from the building so water does not sit at the foundation wall. With heavy frost comes movement of the soil around the foundation of the house. Regrading might be necessary to slope the soil away from the building. There have been reports of frost five and one half feet into the ground this year.  Don’t forget to check the foundation for cracks. We want to stop any exterior sources of water before they enter the home.