Minnesota may have extreme temperatures but considering the exciting activities waiting for you there, you won’t have a hard time relocating. One of the state’s distinctive destinations is Red Wing, a city located on the Mississippi River and the county seat of Goodhue County.
Since residents can expect hot summers and cold winters, routine home maintenance is therefore valuable in enjoying a safe and secure abode. Regular inspection of pipes, roofs, HVAC systems and appliances can minimize common home problems like water damage.
Water is a destructive element since it can break down various types of materials, especially highly porous ones. Every homeowner therefore must be aware of the signs of water damage. Look for wall and ceiling stains, dank smell and leaking pipes. Take note that flooding due to heavy rains is not the only cause of water damage. In many cases, home maintenance neglect is the reason.
There are many serious complications that can crop up when water stays in your home for an extended period. In as short as 48 hours, a moist and warm environment can create a haven for mold.
Mold removal becomes necessary when your home is beset with water intrusion for at least two days. And unlike ordinary cleanup procedures, mold contamination can also pose health risks. So if there are sick occupants, children or pets, immediately evacuate them to avoid further problems.
Signs of mold contamination include sneezing, coughing, eye irritation, difficulty in breathing and even asthma attacks. If you noticed any of these symptoms, consult a doctor and contact a mold remediation specialist to conduct some tests.
Any water problem is considered an emergency case. So if you’re not sure where the leak is coming from or what causes the problem, turn off water supply in the meantime while the experts are looking for the real source of the damage.
Detecting mold contamination is not always easy. For residents, they can start by being aware of the signs and following their nose. Dank smell is a sign of mold buildup especially when it is located in a room or area of the home that is not frequently visited, like the basement or attic.
A mold remediation crew can assess the extent of the buildup in two ways: exposure assessment and visual inspection. Exposure assessment will look into your home’s condition whether it’s been fixed lately for leaks, if the building is already old and cracks are plenty or if it has been recently flooded.
Visual inspection is a more thorough and important step in determining the extent of mold damage. This will check every nook and corner of your home including the ventilation systems, crawl spaces and rooms that are seldom visited. Moisture meters will also be used to measure the qualitative moisture levels.
After a thorough inspection, mold removal will commence. The procedures may vary depending on the mold remediation specialist. Usually, your local service provider will stop water intrusion, remove affected items, decontaminate the damaged area and dry wet items and materials. Air quality will be tested as well.
The mold-infested home needs to be revisited and checked for further damage or contamination. Another assessment will be done to see if the remediation process has been successful or not. Appropriate actions will be performed according to expert findings.
Joe Duncan is an editorial staff member of RestorationSOS.com, a leading service provider for fire and water damage cleanups. To learn more about and , visit RestorationSOS.com