A leaking roof is no fun. It can quickly create serious problems, from rot and structural damage to problems like mold and mildew growth. It is such a significant issue that most homeowners will quickly fight against leaks and make sure that they eradicate leaks as soon as they can.
However, even after your initial repairs are finished you could still end up facing challenges. In particular, mold growth and mold spores could still be a major problem. It’s a common thing to assume that mold growth can only occur in areas that have very high moisture content. However, in reality, mold can spread quickly within a matter of hours and can leave you facing mold growth issues even after leaks are managed.
Causes Of Mold Growth
Mold growth is triggered by excess moisture building up in a home. Combined with darkness, moisture creates mold growth quickly. Some of the most common causes of water leaks and flooding in the home include:
- Appliances that have a malfunction or a loose connection
- Plumbing issues including cracked pipes, loose fittings, and more
- Sewer backups in the drainage within the home
- Poor grading and sloping of the landscaping that cause moisture to buildup
- Storms that bring heavier than normal rains
- Foundation cracks
- Roof leaks
Roof leaks are the most commonly noticed issues since they often lead to water falling into a room. But even when you repair a leaking roof, it can leave behind very real issues including standing water that has to be dealt with quickly.
The Perfect Habitat For Mold
Mold loves certain environmental factors. The main things that mold needs to grow include:
- Temperatures above freezing
- An absence of light or near absence of light
- A food source. This is primarily wood or drywall
You obviously can’t eliminate all of these issues - but controlling moisture is the key to controlling the problem outright.
Eliminating Mold For Good
When moisture builds up in the home, it can cause mold growth. But mold removal is possible. Solutions that can eliminate mold growth include things like vinegar, borax, and bleach. Bleach will obviously remove the color from certain substances while borax and vinegar can be used regardless of the surface it is used on.
Scrubbing mold-prone areas or areas that actually have mold growth in them already is important, and you’ll want to start with water and soap and then follow it up with cleansers like those mentioned above.
Allow to dry completely and then check to see if mold growth is still present. In some cases, your mold problem may be so bad that you have no option other than to let professionals help you.
Of course, one of the best options for managing mold growth and preventing it outright is to turn to the professionals. Contracting professionals at mold remediation is a straightforward and easy step that can net you some very big results. Contact our team at Renew Restoration today to get a consultation and let the professionals give you the help you deserve.