4 Problems With Exterior Leaks And Dealing With The Mold They Cause

Mold growth in your home can be destructive and a serious health hazard. Leaks that go unnoticed are the main cause of mold in homes. As moisture gets trapped in areas like wall cavities, attics or beneath foundations, it creates the perfect conditions for mold growth. These problems are often in areas like exterior flashing for a deck, leaks around windows or due to problems with plumbing. Here are some of the leak problems that you will want to look for and what to do if there is mold growth:

1. Roof Leaks That Are In Areas That Are Often Unnoticed

Leaks on your roof are a common problem that you notice when you see watermarks on drywall inside your home. In some cases, the leaks can go unnoticed and cause serious problems like mold infestation. Areas like the eaves and covered unfinished spaces are worn roof leaks are overlooked until you notice a serious problem. When materials like insulation and wood absorb moisture, the conditions are perfect for uninhibited mold growth that can quickly take over your home.

2. Leaks That Develop Around Windows, Doors, And Siding On Exteriors

The exterior walls are another place where leaks can lead to serious problems. The leaks often start around windows and doors; where water gets into wall cavities and cause problems like rot and mold. Siding and features like deck also can have leaks that cause damage; usually due to poor flashing or decay of old flashing materials. Leaks around siding and decks can also be due to damage of materials like pieces of siding or wood materials. This leads to serious problems when moisture builds up inside wall cavities and goes unnoticed for months, or even years.

3. Evaluating Water Damage Caused By Leaks And Testing For Hazardous Mold

When you have discovered one of these leaks, you will want to evaluate the damage to your home. Have the appropriate contractor inspect the damage and give you an estimate for the cost of repairs. If the damage is extensive, then it is likely that there is a mold problem, and you will want to have a remediation service test for hazardous spores that will need to be removed.

4. Mold Removal During Repairs And Treatments To Prevent Spores From Coming Back

After a positive test for hazardous mold growth, you will want to have mold removal done. Specialized technicians will need to work together with the contractors doing repairs to remove materials. After the materials are removed, the affected area of your home will also need to have a treatment applied to prevent mold spores from coming back after all the repairs have been completed.

These are some of the exterior leaks that can lead to serious mold problems in your home. If you have leaks that have gone unnoticed, contact a mold remediation service such as Disaster Professionals to help with testing and removal of the mold before completing the repairs. 

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