You hear the term water damage, and you think of floods and torrential downpours washing a house away, or inundating it so badly that it is beyond repair. However, water damage is actually a lot more than these catastrophic events. Water damage is often tied very closely to mold growth because if water damage isn’t dealt with correctly, then mold will almost certainly grow. Contrary to popular belief, water damage doesn’t have to be from a storm or weather event. It can happen slowly, for example, if there is a leak that just drips one drop of water each minute, in a few weeks, you could have a serious water damage problem on your hands.
Common household items can cause water damage including your dishwasher, your washing machine, your sink, your tub or your shower. According to the EPA even a small crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water per day – meaning a lot of potential for water damage and mold. The even scarier thing is that you may notice that your wall has a discolored spot for a while before you decide to do something about it. However, this is a bad idea. If you see discoloration that is a probable sign of water damage, and wherever there is water damage there could be mold.
In addition, where there is water damage, there could be other health hazards in your home, because some standing water could be known as “black” water or “grey” water. This water could have sewage, bacteria and other things in it that you would probably rather avoid. Grey water has known contaminants in it, but not necessarily bacteria or fungus. If you suspect there is water damage in your home, then call a mold remediation professional right away. The chances are that mold is growing there too!
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