Creating Lasting Repairs

The Risks Of Ignoring Flood Damage And Mold

by Marvin Gilbert

If your area has regular flooding, how concerned are you about the damage? Homes that have obvious damage from soaked supports, stained carpets, or sinking foundations have equally obvious concerns, but what if your home didn't have direct damage? Even if your home was seemingly untouched by flood waters, a standing water issue near your home could still lead to one of the silent threats to home improvement: mold. Here are a few mold situations that you may not have noticed, just to help you get the repairs you need before it gets bad:

How Does Mold Enter Homes?

There are many different types of mold that enter the home, and people are fine to live with most spores unless they're in high concentration. The problematic mold for homeowners in flood situations is Stachybotrys--black mold--which can grow when a dark, damp environment with food is provided.

Darkness is simple enough; corners, attics, and rooms that aren't used often with no access to light are breeding grounds for mold if they're also damp. Dampness is where many people become confused because you don't need a leaky roof or a direct flood to get the proper dampness for mold. Humidity can cause the problem if there's exposure to the outdoors or if high humidity lasts long enough.

Flooding can deliver that confusing situation where dark, damp environments are created even if your home wasn't washed with flood waters. If it's in your yard and doesn't go away for days, the humidity can enter the home or water can soak up through the foundation.

This is especially a problem if there are wooden pillars or some way for the standing water to touch the outside wood that touches other pieces of wood inside the house. Water damage can lead to mold in a single piece of wood, but that mold can hold in moisture and lead to other pieces of wood that weren't in direct contact becoming contaminated.

Unseen Signs Of Mold

Not all mold is visible, as some of the mold may be growing between the walls or on the outside. There are, however, some symptoms caused by black mold.

Are you or others in your home tired all of the time? Being tired isn't unique in America, especially after a recession and a slowly-growing economy that leads to a lot of work and little sleep. You may have other issues that lead to being tired, but have you had a chance to get a full night's rest while still being exhausted?

Black mold causes fatigue either due to the allergic response of direct blockage. People who have known allergies to pollen or other plant-based stimulants may be allergic to black mold, leading to swelling that makes it harder to breathe.

That fatigue is actually from not getting enough air, which isn't lethal on its own but reduces the oxygen that reaches the brain and leads to a high that just feels like being tired. This study of detecting mycotoxins (myco being a prefix for fungi, and mold is a type of fungus) outlines the symptom and other indications.

With high concentrations of mold, fatigue can happen to everyone. The spores are taking up space in the air you breathe, and that will make you tired quite quickly. Along with being tired, headaches and cognitive issues can slow you down.

Contact a mold removal professional if you suspect mold or symptoms related to mold in your household. Check out a website like http://www.colfaxcorp.net for more information and assistance. 

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