DK Case Study – Break the Mold (Part 1)

Part 1

This new feature on DK’s blog will discuss disasters we have cleaned up for the good people of Idaho. We will highlight preventative measures that you can take to help keep damages to a minimum to your home or business.
Today we will be discussing a mold problem in the home.

What Happened?

Living in a remote area has a lot of perks. Plenty of nature, beautiful views, a quiet life with the wildlife. Being away from the craziness of the city can be good for the soul, but it can be bad for your property. Having an isolated property can make it difficult to find contractors. Also, it makes it difficult to stay somewhere else when work is being done on the property. Major work can make for a very uncomfortable time trying to live there on a property.

The customer had received a referral to DK from their hygienist after discussing a mold issue at their home. The home was in a very remote part of the state and had trouble getting service providers and contractors to come to the house in the past.

Mold is not typically covered by insurance, so the customer would more than likely be out of pocket for any mitigation and repair. DK staff traveled the hour and a half to the remote home and inspected the home.

Mold and mildew are fungi that will thrive with moisture. Mildew is mold in its early stage and serves an essential role in our environment. Organic materials such as leaves and downed trees are broken down by the mold and then used to enrich the soil.
However, mold in the home can cause serious health issues such as respiratory problems, congestion, sinus issues, eye or throat irritation. It can be more dangerous to the elderly, infants, children, or pregnant women.

Here are some tips to keep mold from inside your home.

  • Use dehumidifiers, fans, and open windows to help reduce moisture in your home
  • Do what you can to prevent rainwater leaks from coming into the home
  • Fix plumbing leaks as soon as possible. If you notice leaks, even small ones, call a plumber to have leaky and broken pipes repaired immediately.
  • Look for signs of a leaking roof and make repairs as quickly as possible to any missing or damaged shingles.
  • Keep fabrics in your home dry and clean them regularly
  • Watch for leaks in any wet areas, bathrooms, under sinks, behind washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers, etc.
  • Make sure rainwater is directed away from the house, such as rain gutter drainage spouts and any ground slope that may help water that seeps into the ground from being against foundations or basement walls.

Paying attention and addressing any water issues or drying damp areas can go a long in minimizing damage to your structure from the mold. Please take a look at a few of our other social media posts for tips and tricks in forming a plan.

You are always welcome to call our non-emergency line for more information on how we can cleanup any disaster your home has encountered, big or small!

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