Top Hiding Spots for Mold Growth in the Home
When your home suffers flooding damage from a major hurricane or plumbing emergency, you’ll want to act fast to combat mold growth before further damage spreads. Whether you’re a year-round South Florida homeowner or a seasonal snowbird, taking the right steps to prevent water and mold damage is crucial. Consider these pesky hiding spots for hidden mold growth after your home experiences flood damage.
- Ductwork: Do you have vents located close to the ground, or ventilation installed in the floor of your home? In the event of emergency flooding, these places can quickly become a breeding ground for mold growth. This can lead to significant damage to your home’s ductwork insulation and the organic materials your ducts are made from. If you smell mold in the home but can’t seem to find it, water damage to your ductwork might be the culprit.
- Under the Sink: If you’ve suffered flood damage from a plumbing emergency like a burst pipe, you are probably familiar with how quickly mold can take root and spread, as well as how difficult it can be to remove a mold infestation from under the sink. Mold needs a food source and moisture to spread, making the damp and dark underbelly of your kitchen’s sink the perfect place for mold growth.
- Carpet Flooring: When carpet stays wet for a long period of time, it’s sponge-like properties hold onto moisture and make it the ideal material for harboring mold growth. In many cases, it is not uncommon for carpeting that stays wet for more than a few days to be infested with mold and due for a total replacement—costing you time, money, and a headache.
- Paper: Another unsuspecting hiding place for mold? Paper goods like newspapers, bills, envelopes, and paperwork ruined by flooding can attract mold. Paper is made from wood and full of carbon that mold needs to thrive and spread. Even your home’s wooden cabinetry can become a hotspot for water damage and mold colonies in the aftermath of a flood.
Are you currently facing significant damage to your home or property as a result of a storm or hurricane? Fight back against mold damage and flooding to your home with ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration. We’re proud to offer 24/7 emergency restoration services to Palm Beach County, and we are here to help you safeguard your home from flooding damage and mold growth. For more information on how we can help protect your home from water damage, contact the ServiceMaster team today.
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