What You Should Know About Water Damage & Mold

January 4, 2018 The Apex Disaster Team

Water damager is something that occurs in daily life. Water can enter the home in a variety of ways, including foundation leaks, burst pipes, appliance valve failures or poor drainage around the home. Burst pipes, valve failures and sewage backups are particularly troublesome, as they can produce several inches of water within hours.

When water pools in the home or business, it will quickly soak through anything it comes in contact with. If it contains contaminants, all organic materials, like textiles and wood, will likely need to be restored. This is because contaminated liquid is the perfect environment for hosting a variety of microbes, including deadly viruses and bacteria.

Floods, for example, are typically infested with cholera, hepatitis and other serious diseases.

Mold is also a primary concern when water collects in the home or business. Mold left unchecked will spread quickly through the home or business by releasing spores into the air. This means that a mold colony can even reach parts of the house or building that seem dry.

Short term exposure to mold is not typically a major concern, but regular inhalation of mold spores can cause a number of health complications, particularly in the young, old or immune compromised. These complications often include respiratory infections, nausea, agitation, malaise, fatigue, and even deadly neurotoxic complications.

If you believe you have water damage or mold issues in your home or business, give Apex Disaster Specialists a call at 850-660-6900, or call our Emergency Response Hotline at 877-307-3088. We cover Water Damage in Santa Rosa Beach and Water Damage in Destin Florida.

Source: IICRC.ORG

 

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