How to Deal With Water Damage in the Home

Written by Channel 11 Houston on October 30, 2013. Posted in Water damage, Water damage hollywood fl

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Many homeowners may not realize it, but water can be one of the most damaging elements known to man. For instance, in the case of a flood or heavy rain, water may seep into the basement of a home and wreck the foundation. This can cause the homeowner to pay thousands of dollars for repair services and greatly inconvenience all who live in a water damaged home.

In 2010, there were roughly 362,100 residential building fires in the United States. Fire wrecks a home by razing it to the ground in a pile of rubble and ash. Conversely, water sneaks into the home and attracts mold spores and other bacteria, putting the residents of the home at risk, as they breathe in mold-filled air. With that said, once water damage has affected a home, mold abatement can take a very long time. It is highly suggested that once a home falls victim to water damage, a professional should come to the home for a mold inspection.

Mycotoxins are toxic compounds which are excreted by mold. Interestingly, not every mycotoxin is harmful to humans. In fact, some mycotoxins, like penicillin, have been shown to have a beneficial effect on humans. Penicillin is often used to fight infections and is a strong antibiotic. Nevertheless, mold spores are typically a common component of both household and workplace dust. In the long run, it is smarter to check for mold and remove it rather than assume it is non-threatening.

There are a number of different kinds of mold that can ravage a home, and it is important to know which is which. One kind of mold, known as stachybotrys chartarum, is a greenish-black mold which usually grows on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content. Typical surfaces that are victims to stachybotrys chartarum are fiberboard, gympsum board, paper, dust and lint.

At the end of the day, water damage and mold can truly damage a home. Not only does foundation and water damage kill the value of a home, it can unsettle the people who live in a home and put them at risk, since airborne mold spores can cause health problems. Finding the right people to help with mold problems can be a bit of a challenge, however.

If you live in Hollywood, Florida, you can search the internet for water damage professionals. Simply use a search engine and type in “mold inspection Hollywood FL” or “water damage Hollywood FL” and you will be connected with professionals who can come in and help you remove the mold and fix the water damage inflicted upon your home.

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