Household mold can grow as quickly as 24-48 hours after a water intrusion into your home or apartment. Left unchecked, household mold can affect your health and cause significant damage to your home and furnishings.
Hereís what happened to Kathy, who lives in a basement apartment in Washington DC. Due to the recent heavy rains, on several occasions water had seeped into the apartmentís downstairs living area, especially under the walls near the entryway. Kathy had started experiencing the typical symptoms of a mold allergy: sinus congestion and difficulty breathing. To get help, she called Tri State Restorations, a mold and water remediation expert service serving Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Tri State Restorations did a thorough inspection of the apartment to assess the extent of the water and mold damage. The inspector found visible water stains and warped drywall in the apartmentís entry. Evidence of mold could be seen on the ceramic tile floors and drywall of the downstairs living area as well as in the back of the unit near the staircase. Mold had also grown on the mattress and various textiles in the home, such as Kathyís shoes, clothing and luggage.
The unit not only had significant water and mold damage, it also had a humidity problem. The inspector used a thermo hygrometer and measured the relative humidity in the apartment at 58%, with a dry bulb temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Further inspection showed that there was inadequate ventilation. The unit had only 3 windows, no air conditioning and the bathroom had no exhaust fan, resulting in high indoor humidity and a mold friendly environment. Not only did the source of the water leak need to be addressed, but the apartmentís poor ventilation as well.
If any kind of water damage should happen to your apartment or home, donít compromise your health.
If you have water damage, hereís what you can do:
- Clean up the water as quickly as possible so that mold has no time to grow.
- Dry out wet areas and damp materials within 24-48 hours.
- Call a water cleanup expert if you do not have the tools or time to clean up the water yourself.
- Then, find the cause of the water leak and get it fixed.
If your home or apartment has poor ventilation:
- Open your doors and windows as often as possible and consider installing a ceiling fan or window fans.
- Always run the bathroom fan or open a window while showering.
- Be sure to use exhaust fans or leave windows open whenever cooking or running the dishwasher.
By staying on top of any water intrusions into your home or apartment and acting quickly if one does occur, you can save yourself serious damage to your property and, more importantly, to your health.