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Dealing With Mold After a Leak | SERVPRO of Westfield

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

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A water leak in your house certainly doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend your day. A washing machine that decided to wash the floor or an open window during a rainstorm can ruin a day.

You may reach for towels or a mop, but many water leaks are far more destructive than you may realize. Even a little bit of water can run away pretty quickly, finding every nook and cranny in the process.

The sooner you get professional help, the less damage your home will endure.

Addressing Water Leaks

When water ends up in all the wrong places inside your home, it can lead to utter chaos. Leaks can seep under your floors, behind your walls and into several other hard-to-reach places all over.

Go ahead and dry up water that you see when you come across a leak in your home, but as you do, try to get an idea of where it may have flowed into. Water that ends up in a tight space that doesn’t have a lot of airflow won’t dry up on its own. Instead, these areas can stay moist for a long time, creating the perfect atmosphere for disaster.

As moisture hangs out, metal structures can start to rust while wooden support systems might begin to break down. Mold can also grow and, in as little as a day, spread rapidly. That means you could be dealing with a dangerous outbreak along with water damage—all from a simple leak.

Following Your Nose

One of the most common signs that mold has started growing in your home is a musty odor. If you have recently handled a leak somewhere in your house and now notice an earthy, wet smell, use your nose to try and locate the source. It may be challenging to find exactly where the problem is, as often mold sets up behind your walls.

Fortunately, our professionals are experts not just in water damage restoration but also in mold remediation and odor removal. When we start tackling the damage left behind from a water leak, like warped walls and swollen flooring, we will also seek out mold problems. With sanitization, removal and other remediation techniques, our crew will get your home completely clear of damages.

As we work, we will isolate areas where mold has caused odors in order to ventilate the air and remove any remaining particles. Every area of your home will be sanitized and sealed in order to ensure growth can’t start again. Whatever we can do to make your house feel—and smell—like home again will be done.

Don’t ignore signs of a water leak. Contact SERVPRO® for a full recovery.

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