Why Storms Increase The Need For Mold & Mildew Testing
Humidity is one of the main causes for mold growth, but boards warping, drywall warping and moisture damages to the home can be done because of storms that pass through our area. Mold is actually present in the air we breathe every day. What makes it toxic is when it thrives and releases spores that can be toxic if allowed to continue to thrive. Breathing in these toxic levels of mold can make you sick with diseases such as asthma, shortness of breath, C.O.P.D., and even death.
Taking care of excessive moisture in the home will go a long way to improving your health and keeping your underlying building materials healthy. If mold or mildew is growing, why can't I see it?
The answer on that is twofold, first you have to be looking in the right places to see it growing and flourishing. It likes warm, dark, damp places, which means it's often hidden to the eye. Second, mold or mildew is sometimes mistaken for problems like wood rot, roof shingle cracking or badly manufactured materials that are staining roof tops black, green, orange, or even yellow and red. Any type of mold, mildew, or algae growing on your building materials (whether indoors or out) is destructive to the material because it is food for these organisms.
Storms And Their Effect On Your family
You may think your home is perfectly impervious to moisture. However, it only takes a small space like a tiny nail hole for a storm to create enough moisture to grow mold or mildew. Once the storm water is forced into the hole or behind your outer layer of building materials, it can become a problem. Storms tend to last too, meaning you have longer periods of wet, damp air that doesn't dry out. In flash-floods, there's a huge risk for flooding on low lying areas of your New Jersey property. Hammered by constant heavy rain, many of our home's building materials can be vulnerable to getting wet.
It only takes three days or so for mold to start growing when in the right conditions. Left over moisture from storms that has gotten worked down into your roofing materials, attic spaces, wall cavities, or around your home's foundation can be huge problems for mold growth. Once there, the space has to be dried out or the problem only intensifies.
Solutions To Prevent Moisture Damages From Storms
The best way to handle mold and mildew problems is to prevent them in the first place. Protecting your home with quality sealants and waterproofing is your answer to never dealing with mold and mildew from storms or high humidity factors. Your home can be waterproofed in many areas including siding, roofing, concrete retaining walls, concrete foundations, basement walls and flooring, garage floors, and just about any other surface you can think of.
Mold remediation should be done as soon after a storm as possible, especially where there was obvious flooding taking place around or in your home. Sewer water is often contaminating the storm rain flood waters, so professional mold remediation and repairs to the home should be done as quickly as possible. For this, you need a company like ours here at All County Waterproofing. We can help you both with preventative measure and remediation measures to take care of mold, mildew, and algae problems for your New Jersey area home.