Some water leaks go undetected for weeks or months. A small leak hidden within a wall can keep the surrounding building materials soaked until a repair is eventually made. After the plumbing repair, a second issue is unavoidable. The homeowner may also have a potential problem with mold growth.
Even if there is no flooding, an ongoing water leak hidden inside the frame of a house may create the conditions conducive to mold growth. Over the course of several weeks, a small leak can soak all the insulation and the structural components located underneath the leak. The entire base of a wall can be soaked by a leak within the wall. The soaked materials in a wall cavity may also affect the condition of adjoining walls.
The repair of a water leak often necessitates the removal of the building materials immediately surrounding the leak. Regardless of how long the soaking condition persisted, all building materials in the areas affected by the leak should be accessed and inspected for the presence of mold.
During construction, the interior of most homes is finished by attaching sheets of drywall to the wall of each room. Drywall is a porous material and is vulnerable to mold growth. Drywall repairs are fairly common in the construction industry, so removing small sections is a practical method to gain access to the interior cavity of a wall for testing.
All mold is not dark in color. Some of the more toxic types of mold are lighter in color and less obvious than black mold. You may have different types of mold, which necessitates the need for testing the mold culture at various areas affected by the leaking water.
A small water leak inside a wall might have reached the edge of the carpet in the room. The most practical method to inspect for mold growth is to remove the floor trim and pull up the edge of the carpet. The padding underneath the carpet should also be inspected.
Insulation located underneath a water leak is likely to have absorbed water. Insulation is manufactured in rolls, so replacement is fairly straightforward. Hopefully, you can locate the point above the water leak at which the insulation remained totally dry for the duration of the water leak.
Mold growth can lead to serious health concerns for the occupants of a home. Mold testing is generally not a do-it-yourself proposition. Contact a general contractor like Coastal Environmental Compliance LLC for more information about mold inspections.Share
12 September 2016
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