You may have heard a lot about the dangers of black mold, which is a toxic fungus that grows on organic building materials in your home. You may think about areas that have flooded, when you think about flood problems. There could be mold hidden in the roof, ceiling and walls of your home. A roof leak, plumbing problem, and failing waterproofing can all cause mold problems. Here are some of the areas where mold may be hiding in your home.
1. Water Leaks in Kitchens and Bathrooms That Go Unnoticed
One of the biggest causes of black mold growth are hidden plumbing problems in the walls of your home. This can be a pipe that just has a small leak on it that you may not even notice. This constant supply of moisture can be the start of a big mold problem. One sign of this is the smell of mildew in your kitchen or bathroom. It can also be seen with watermarks on drywall. To fix this, the damaged material will need to be removed and the plumbing problem repaired. You may also want to consider adding pipe insulation to plumbing that is susceptible to condensation, which can also contribute to mold problems.
2. Roof Leaks That Cause Damage to Plywood Underlayments
Roof leaks are not always noticeable, and sometimes that can be hiding mold problems in your home. As water gets under shingles, it can be absorbed by plywood. Which will eventually swell and create the perfect environment for the mold to grow. One of the first things you will want to do to fix this is get the roof fixed. The mold on plywood can be removed and your attic dried out using special equipment for mold remediation. If you live in a colder climate, you may also want to consider improvements to prevent ice dams in winter, which can contribute to the problem of mold growth in your attic.
3. Failing Foundation Waterproofing Systems
Many homes have foundation walls that are in main living areas. This does not have to be the basement of your home. If you have living space below the grade level, waterproofing helps protect your home. When the waterproofing begins to fail, it may not be noticeable until there is a problem. A sign of failing waterproofing can be watermarks on walls, moist flooring and the humid smell in lower areas of your home. To fix this, you will have to have the waterproofing repaired and the mold removed. You may also want to consider improving exterior drainage to add extra protection to your home.
Mold can cause many health problems, and if you think one of these issues may be affecting your home, it is a good idea to have it checked. You can contact a general contractor like Battistelli, Glenn LLC to get the repairs done and provide a reputable mold remediation service to remove the hazard from your home.