Water & Moisture Control
Water and Moisture control are the most important factors in preventing or reducing mold growth. Quick action is essential in minimizing potential damage.
Signs of Water Damage
Water can cause damage in many ways. Below are some of the most common visual indications of water in your home.
Discoloration and bulges on drywall or plaster
Discoloration and curling of vinyl tiles
Malfunctioning windows and/or doors
Cracked grout between tiles
Loose and/or crumbly plaster
Obvious wetness in carpets
Discoloration of ceiling tiles
Condensation on windows
Buckling hardwood floors
Although some water damage can leave visual indications, many times water damage may be hidden behind walls, under floors, and in ceilings. The only way to detect potential hidden water damage is through the use of moisture detection equipment such as infrared technology, and/or moisture meters and boroscopes.
Causes of Water Damage
Water enters buildings both as a liquid and as a gas (water vapor). Mold growth does not require the presence of standing water. It can also occur when the relative humidity of the building or surfaces allow moisture and condensation to accumulate. The relative humidity of a room should be kept below 60% in order to prevent mold growth.
Both liquid and gas forms of water can cause water damage which, if not addressed within 24-48 hour, most likely will begin to develop mold.
How Can I Prevent Water and Moisture Issues?
Mold and mildew growth can be reduced where the relative humidity near surfaces can be maintained below the dew point. This can be accomplished by reducing the moisture content of the air, increasing air circulation, or increasing the air temperature.
The use of a dehumidifier can also help to remove moisture, water vapor, and humidity from the air and can significantly assist in the prevention of mold growth.
Common Problem Areas
Exterior walls - especially corners
Areas of limited air flow - move furniture away from walls
Closets adjacent to exterior walls
Single pane or older double pane windows
Poor ventilation in the attic
Improper ventilation in kitchen and bathrooms
Wall cavities near AC units
Areas of low insulation