Water Damage: How to Handle Mold, Mildew, and More

Water Damage: How to Handle Mold, Mildew, and More
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    Water damage is something every homeowner dreads.

    The cost of restoration quickly adds up, and when you factor in the situations it brings with it such as mold and mildew, it quickly becomes something we should actively try to prevent.


How to Detect Water damage

Water damage isn’t always as apparent as pools of water at your feet. For instance, if you have a sudden spike in your water bill, you start to see stains on your walls, or perhaps they even start to warp, then you might be dealing with water damage.

Water damage can be caused by any number of issues, such as:

  • A broken dishwasher hose
  • Broken or leaking pipes
  • Clogged Toilets
  • Holes in your roof that allow water to seep in

Being able to diagnose where the water is coming from isn’t always so cut and dry. Water can run along pipes and panels keeping the real leak hidden. So if you are having trouble locating the source, it’s always best to call the help of plumber, or roofer, depending on where the water damage is.

A few Issues that Water Damage Can Cause

Water damage can really do a number on your home. Not only can it destroy your roof, dry walls, and foundation, but it can also invite mold and mildew into your home. Plus, it can cause the delamination of your floors or your cabinets to start to rot. If you’re unlucky, it can also cause damage to your home’s electrical systems.

How to Handle Mold, Mildew from Water Damage

Warped wood and ugly stains aren’t the only issues that water damage leaks in its wake. The wet environment that creates water damage is the perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew to thrive. If your water damage does get to the point where it’s growing mold, don’t panic; there are ways to get it under control.

First, you need to start to remove all of the moisture from the equation. To do this, remove any standing water with washcloths, open windows, turn on fans, and turn on a dehumidifier. Next, mix up one cup of chlorine bleach one gallon of warm water and start to wipe everything down. Finally, let the area dry. You might have to repeat this process a few times to fully rid your house of the mold.

How to Stop Water Damage from Happening in the Future

If you take a few preventive measures, you can cut your risk of ever having to deal with water damage. One of the quickest ways is by protecting your pipes. You can do this by never pouring grease down your sink—hot or cold. Grease will stick to your pipes causing blockage.

When your drains clog, instead of using caustic chemicals to free them up, use a drain snake since unclogging chemicals will eat away at your pipes, which creates the potential for leaks. Another tip to avoid water damage is to clean your roof gutters. They need to provide rain a clear pathway away from your home. Without it, water will start to run places you don’t want it, like through your roof.

Prevention is often the most important measure, so if you can’t do it yourself, call a plumber like those at Towers Murray Plumbing and have them take a look at your pipes. A professional plumber can easily point out potential problems and areas of concern in your home, and fix those problems if you want them to.

It’s always a good idea to pay attention for the telltale signs of water damage, and if you do spot any, you need to act fast. The longer you take to react to water damage the more devastating the damage. For you, that means the more costly the bill!



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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan