How long does it take for a Water intrusion to dry?

Dry out will depend on the extent of the damage and saturation, and how long the property has been exposed to water. It usually takes 3 to 5 days to dry an average home, however if the property has been exposed for an extended period of time, it could take as long as 7-10 days.

What is Category 3 Water damage?

Known as “black water,” it is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.

Can I paint over mold?

No. Don’t paint or caulk over mold. The mild will grow under the paint and continue to damage building materials.

How can I decrease Mold potential?

Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas as well as regularly checking under and behind HVAC units, sinks and toilets for small leaks and condensation.

Can Water damage be hidden? If so, what are the signs?

Some signs of hidden house flood water damage include peeling paint and wallpaper, visible mold, moisture and condensation, musty odors, and moisture or dampness in your carpet or flooring.

True & False

1. Bleach is the best product to use on mold. False

Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces, it actually turns growth translucent and can contribute to mold growth!

2. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others. True

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that people who are sensitive to mold may experience itchy eyes or skin, wheezing and a stuffy nose. However, people who are allergic to mold or have asthma can experience more intense reactions.

3. It takes a long time for Mold to grow after Water damage. False

In an environment with the ideal conditions; dark, damp and humid, mold can begin growing within 24-48 hrs after water damage occurs.

4. Once I have killed Mold the

removal is optional. False

The allergens in mold are still present and can become airborne even when mold is dead. After you or a mold remediation specialist has killed mold in your home, it should be fully removed.

5. My Insurance will cover all

Water and Mold damage. False Most insurance companies do not cover flood damage or secondary damage such as mold or mildew. It is always a good idea to go over your insurance coverage to see what situations are covered and what is not within your policy.