Water damage isn’t always obvious. It can creep in over time, unnoticed until it’s already too late and you’re dealing with swollen, bubbling plaster and drywall, rotting wood, and peeling linoleum. It can happen in out of the way areas, and places that never see the light of day, like the spaces between walls or in the back of your closet, causing serious damage long before there’s a chance of detection. Damage that goes unnoticed initially by the occupants of your property can often be more serious than a flooded room, because it has happened over a long period of time, resulting in the type of damage that can’t be solved by simply drying the affected area back out.
Mold often chooses humid, out of the way places to colonize, and by the time you can see it, it’s often already too late to stop it without professional help. When water seeps into fabrics and carpeting, it can often be a simple enough task to use our professionally rated equipment to dry and sanitize it, leaving it restored back to its original condition. When water damage goes untreated, it can destabilize the entire structure, rotting the interior framework of your property over a long period of time, and necessitating much more serious remediation and restoration. The presence of untreated mold and water damage will usually devalue your property as well, because let’s face it—nobody wants to inherit your water damaged, mold infested property.
Mold Infestation Takes Time
When mold infests your property, it isn’t always obvious right away. Slowly, you’ll begin to notice a thick, musty odor that seems to linger no matter how much you clean. This can mean that the mold has colonized a place that is not readily accessible. As mold spores from the colony float out into the air supply, people who inhabit the building may begin to experience unpleasant symptoms in reaction. Those with asthma or allergies will be particularly susceptible, but depending on the type of mold present, any living organism can be negatively affected. These mold spores are extremely mobile, they are invisible to the naked eye, and can travel freely through air ducts, as well as on clothing, hair, and shoes. Mold spores can trigger allergies but there are some types of mold that will affect anyone, whether they are allergic or not. The most harmful type of mold, and the one you most commonly hear about, is “black mold”. While the symptoms of black mold reaction can mimic the flu: fever, headaches, fatigue, nausea, breathing disorders and vomiting—the result of exposure can be much more long term than a simple illness. Exposure to certain types of mold has been linked to respiratory disease, so it is extremely important to deal with any suspected mold infestation quickly. At Clean Image Carpet & Restoration , our mold removal team has been trained in all the latest techniques to help contain mold and minimize the risks during our removal process.