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The Connection Between Water Leaks and Mold Damage

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Leaks Can Lead to Mold Hidden in Your Groveland Walls Needing Remediation from SERVPRO

Mold Growth Often Results from Leaks that Can Be Remediated by SERVPRO

Most homeowners know that mold has the potential to endanger the health of humans and animals, but fewer know the full scope of how it affects a home's structure. Mold damage isn't merely unsightly or the cause of bad odors within a home, it can wreak all types of havoc. In addition to ruining walls, flooring, and fixtures, mold can destroy your documents, photos, clothing, furniture, and other possessions.
If you're dealing with mold damage in Groveland, you may be surprised to learn that the source of the fungi is a hidden water leak. Leaky plumbing, pipes, and roofs are very common causes of mold damage, and when you resolve the leak the mold has a much smaller chance of being able to regrow and thrive. Here are some signs of mold damage that are the result of a leak in your home.
1. Excessive Moisture
Mold thrives in wet, dark places, which is why it's often found underneath and behind sink and toilet plumbing. If you find that the cabinets or walls in your kitchen and bathroom areas have become warped and moldy, leaks are a likely cause. When SERVPRO technicians find mold damage caused by leaks, we're careful to extract all of the excess water possible to prevent future mold growth and fix or have fixed the source of the moisture.
2. Water Stains and Marks
If you notice stains on your ceiling, walls, or floors, but you know you haven't spilled or splashed anything, there's a good chance that mold damage isn't far off. Wallpaper and paint that are peeling are also typical in this situation. If you smell moldy odors in addition to seeing the stains, that's another sure sign. Our professional crew can quickly and efficiently eliminate stains and smells caused by mold damage. With foggers, ozone machines, and SERVPRO antimicrobial products we can dispatch the signs of mold growth.
3. Higher Utility Bills
A problem that many homeowners notice over time is a large use of water. Mold damage is often detected first; then water bills come that are much higher than they should be. If your water usage hasn't increased, yet your water bills are significantly more expensive, water leaks may be causing the sticker shock.
The team at SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the skill and expertise to remedy mold damage in your home. Our expert technicians will also work to find the source of water leaks so you can have peace of mind and fewer worries about future mold issues. For a quote or to learn more about our mold remediation services, call us at (952) 473-4837.

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