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Water Damages can lead to Mold

Posted at May 14, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog,Mold Removal,Mold Testing,Water Damage | 0 Comment

Water damages can have many secondary damages which homeowners and property owners do not know or see.  The do-it-yourselves type of owner although can save money in the short term by remediating the water damages themselves When a flood occurs, the most important step to remediate the water damage is to dry out all the wet items as quick as possible.

Moisture can enter a building through the walls in many ways, including:

  • Water leakage through existing and newly-created cracks in the wall
  • Water leakage around pipe penetrations in the walls
  • Water vapor passing directly through the pores of the concrete
  • Moisture soaked upward during a flood in the basement

Mold is a major issue when moisture gets into contact with insulation. If you’re installing fiberglass batt insulation in a finished basement, it can support mold growth.  It holds dirt, dust, and debris inside the fibers and it soaks up moisture like a sponge.

In most cases mold on insulation is related to other moisture and mold problems such as on drywall, ceilings, or attics. The surfaces of insulation with mold may show greyish black discolouration. Mold growth on insulation can be the result of numerous sources. These include building envelope issues, roof failure or elevated humidity levels. Mold on insulation can quickly become an indoor air quality problem if not addressed.

Before finishing your basement, be sure to address all sources of leakage and waterproof the basement.  You should seal the concrete and install a plastic vapor barrier on the walls to prevent water vapor from building up behind the walls and creating a moisture issue.

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