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How To Prevent Mold Growth After a Roof Leak

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Here Are Some Ways To Prevent Mold Growth

When you discover a roof leak at your business in Warren, MI, you might worry about the cost of the repair before you worry about mold growth. Don't just put a pot under the leak and wait until it fits in your budget to fix the problem. Mold can begin to grow as soon as 24-48 hours after a leak starts, which could mean that mold has been growing for some time before you actually discovered the leak. 

1. Repair Leak
First, repair the leak. There's no sense in cleaning up the water damaged area if the problem that caused it isn't remediated.

2. Remove Damaged Material
Once the leak is repaired, remove anything that is damaged. Black mold is partial to porous building materials such as wood and carpet. Throw out anything that has visible mold on it including drywall and ceiling tiles.

3. Dry Everything
Thorough drying is one of the most important steps of mold clean up. After a ceiling leak, it's important to check above it and below it for damage. Run fans or dehumidifiers in the attic or open space above the ceiling tiles as well as in the room where the leak occurred. Incomplete drying will encourage mold to come back.

4. Watch for Warning Signs
Once black mold has grown in an area, it's important to keep an eye out for its return. If you notice a musty odor or discoloration of the ceiling, walls, or floor, it's time to check for mold again.

5. Call for Help
Especially if you have a recurring mold problem, call a mold remediation professional to come and assist you. Professionals have special tools that will help them to identify moisture pockets that may be preventing you from eliminating the mold. They will help with remediation and give you tips for future prevention.
Black mold can develop quickly after a leak, so act as soon as you notice a problem to prevent major damage to your business.

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