Water damage is one of the most common causes of mould growth in the home and can take as little as 48 hours. From here, it can travel from room to room and damage carpets, furniture, curtains, clothing and other personal belongings.
Without treatment, mould will eat its way into the walls, ceilings and eventually chew into the structural integrity of the home. Here, we’ll explain what water damage restoration is, its process and how a professional mould removal team can eradicate the problem.
What is Water Damage Restoration?
Sometimes, water damage is so severe, drying isn’t always possible. To effectively remedy the damage, MouldMen specialise in the removal of water damaged areas that can’t be remediated. Simply put, water damage restoration involves repairing and restoring the water-damaged areas of the home as a way to prevent mould growth from reoccurring.
Water damage will likely the following areas:
- Attics and ceilings
- Air conditioners
The purpose of water damage restoration is to return the affected areas to their former glory in their pre-mould state. Because untreated water damage can severely disrupt the structural integrity of the home, its removal and repair is the best way to prevent future mould growth.
What is the Process of Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration involves a two-step process: inspection and removal.
Water Damage Inspection
First things first: the inspection. Your mould removal team’s first task is to inspect the source of the mould and understand the severity of the damage. Depending on the location of the water damage, technicians may need specialised equipment to adequately inspect any hard-to-reach areas such as behind walls, in attics, ceilings and crawl spaces.
Water Damage Removal
This may mean removing any residual water using pumps and vacuums or it may mean using specialised drying equipment. Your technicians will guide you through this process at the beginning stages of the inspection. Depending on the severity of the water damage, this may take several weeks to do effectively.
Once this is done, your mould removal team specialise in safely removing extremely damaged areas that cannot be remediated. This includes cutting and removing walls, ceilings and any other mould affected property.
How to Locate Mould Growth and Water Damage
If you’ve experienced water damage or flooding in your home, there are a few primary signs to look out for when attempting to locate mould growth:
Off Smells and Odours
Even when you can’t see mould, chances are you can smell it. When mould begins to grow and spread, its spores release chemical compounds that give off an unpleasant odour. Common associations with mould smells include musty, rotting, damp or even a sour aroma. If you begin to smell something off, you’re probably right.
When mould begins to form colonies, they will appear as either slimy, powdery or fuzzy growths on the walls or your belongings. If you begin to see your walls change colour, or notice water circles or marks surface on walls or wallpaper, then it could lead to rapid deterioration.
Flooding and Moisture
The tricky thing about some flooding is that it’s likely worse than what it appears to be. You can clean mould and dry out areas but water can travel quickly throughout surfaces, underneath tiles and carpets. The moisture may not be entirely gone, allowing it to resurface and provide the perfect environment for mould to grow.
Damp and Condensation
Damp and lingering condensation is one of the main causes of structural defects. It usually occurs when there is an overload of condensation building up with nowhere to escape. It’s a direct result of poor ventilation throughout the home. Without regular air circulation, mould will spread, eating its way through anything it can, including the structure of the property.
What To Do If You Have Water Damage
Water damage in the home can have severe consequences if you do not take immediate action to remedy the problem. It is important to dry out and clean the affected areas as quickly as possible. Mould can take as little as 48 hours to form colonies and absorb any moisture in the air, so drying out the area is the most preventive measure.
If the water damage is too severe for you to dry effectively, reach out to a professional mould removal company MouldMen provide industrial-grade structural drying equipment to safely and effectively dry out the area. Depending on the severity of the water damage, this may take up to several weeks.
If water damage has occurred in the roof, attic, ceiling or behind walls, it can be harder to notice straight away. Here are a few examples of what you notice if mould is spreading as a result of water damage:
- An odd or damp odour
- Water rings appear through the walls
- Bulging wallpaper or wall paint
- A discoloured growth beginning to form and spread
When to Call a Mould Removal Professional
When the damage is too severe, ensure that you reach out to a mould removal team that can treat the mould as well as specialise in water damage and restoration.
The MouldMen team will inspect, treat and provide you with a Mould Management and Prevention Plan to ensure that your home is kept safe and free from mould. Call us on 1300 60 59 60 to book your free inspection today.