When you notice water damage in your West Hartford CT home or business, stop the source of the water immediately, remove standing water and dry off those damaged materials and much as possible, and then quickly arrange for professional water damage and mold remediation services.
To better understand how to protect your home from water damage in West Hartford CT and what to do if this damage has already occurred, note a few common causes of residential water damage, and why even a small amount of moisture is so damaging to your house.
The most common causes of water damage and resultant mold growth in a home include:
The first thing to do when you notice water damage in your home is to stop any continuing source of that water. For example, if your home has a burst or leaking pipe or a leaking toilet, shut off the water valve connected to that pipe or fixture. If there is flooding in your area, put rolled-up towels at the base of entryway doors to block those floodwaters from coming into your home.Your next step is to remove as much water from the damaged area as possible:
Put a powerful dehumidifier in attics, a basement, or other such areas of trapped humidity.
After doing everything you can to remove standing water or humidity from your home, you need to call a professional to inspect your home for water damage and potential mold growth as soon as possible.
Patching over water damaged areas of drywall and other such building materials or trying to brace up a subfloor with shims is not typically sufficient. Patching materials and shims are not strong enough to restore the structural stability of these materials, so that cracks and other damage may then spread along a home's walls, floors, and ceiling.
Professional water damage remediation to a West Hartford CT home may involve cutting out entire sections of drywall, baseboards, or crown molding, and outright replacing those materials. Replacement of damaged carpet padding might also be needed.
Vacuuming water damaged carpeting is also typically very ineffective at removing mold spores or mildew along the base of carpet fibers. Professional carpet shampooing will thoroughly clean those fibers and kill hazardous mold and mildew. Residual dirt, grit, silt, dust, and other debris that may have gotten deposited onto carpeting during a flood also require a professional shampooing to remove thoroughly.
Never try to address mold growth in your home by yourself. You can clean small areas of mold along shower tile with a bleach solvent, but mold that is growing along drywall, baseboards, ceiling tiles, and other such areas will need professional remediation.One reason to call a professional for mold growth removal in West Hartford CT is that mold may be growing on the underside or inside of walls and other such surfaces. Cleaning just the mold you see won't remove spores from inside the walls! In turn, you can often spray lots of cleansers along a wall or ceiling and assume you're eliminating mold while those spores are just continuing to grow and spread in your home.
Mold spores are also very hazardous but difficult to avoid when cleaning water damaged areas of your home. Scrubbing at molded materials can allow those spores to become airborne, and they can then escape through cracks and crevices in walls, ceiling tiles, and other such surfaces. Breathing in those spores can lead to damage to your sinus tissues and lungs. Professional mold remediation will ensure that all traces of mold are removed from your home so that it's safe for you, your family, and your pets.
Note a few tips for preventing water damage and resultant mold growth in your West Hartford CT home:
Avoid shampooing carpets on your own. Not extracting all traces of water and steam used to clean carpets can lead to water damage under the padding and along the home's subfloor, as well as resultant mold and mildew growth.