Mold in Flood Damaged Homes

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Mold can often be seen in the form of discoloration, ranging from white to orange and from green to brown and black. Some types of mold are scentless and others give off a musty or earthy kind of smell. Exposure to mold can cause health problems including nose and throat irritation, wheezing, cough, asthma attacks in individuals who have asthma, and lower respiratory tract infections in children. People with pre-existing respiratory conditions may also be susceptible to more serious lung infections.

Dampness in basements, walls, carpets, and wood all provide the perfect environment for mold. When flooding occurs, this creates the perfect condition for the mold to thrive and spread to different locations throughout a home. In order to protect your family’s health and your home infrastructure, you should follow these mold and moisture prevention tips:

  • Fix leaks in pipes, and any damp area around tubs and sinks, so mold spores don’t have a growing environment
  • Rebuild, or retrofit, with water-resistant building materials such as tile, stone, deep-sealed concrete, galvanized or stainless steel hardware, waterproof wallboard and so on.
  • Prevent seepage of water from outdoors into your house. It’s important to have rainwater from gutters or the roof drain away from the house. Ground around the house needs to slope away to keep basement and crawl space dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawl spaces with plastic to prevent moisture from coming from the ground.

If a flood has occurred in your home or business, the first thing to do is to vacate the area and contact a professional to handle the rest of the waterproofing and cleaning process. The waterproofing professional will determine what caused the flooding to occur, address the flooding problem and take all necessary measures to ensure that it will not happen again.

Priority Waterproofing is a full-service basement waterproofing company offering waterproofing solutions in the Toronto. Call 416-762-8662 or fill out our estimate form.

 

 

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