Health Risks and Water Damage

A white wall shows signs of mold and water damage, including staining and browning.

Keeping up with building maintenance, whether it’s your home or business, helps maintain aesthetic value and preserve the building’s structural integrity. However, some aspects of upkeep deal less with the longevity and appeal of the building and more with keeping its residents safe from potential health risks.  


Known to cause mold and mildew, water can be particularly damaging. To prevent damage and avoid expensive repairs, home and business owners alike should understand the health risks of water damage, as well as the signs of mold and mildew growth. 


When Should You Hire a Mold Inspector? 

Water damage can result from a variety of sources, such as leaking pipes, large spills, flooding, rain, sewage backup, and more. Water that gets into your house can cause excess humidity, leading to mold, mildew, and fungus. Luckily, there are plenty of warning signs that mold may have infected your building. If you observe any of the following indicators, contact a mold inspector to properly examine the area:  

  • Wet, musty smell  
  • Warped walls  
  • Peeling wallpaper  
  • Discoloration/staining  
  • Damp surfaces  
  • Condensation   


Some people may experience health changes associated with mold exposure. If you have allergies or asthma that suddenly worsen, consider having your house examined, as your symptoms may have been triggered by bacteria caused by water damage. Chronic fatigue, migraines or headaches, sinus congestion, inflammation, or a persistent cough or cold are also potential indicators of mold growth. If these health changes occur alongside recent water damage, you should consider a professional mold inspection. 


Why Hire a Professional Mold Cleaner and Mildew Remover Service? 

Water damage and the moisture it creates can be especially dangerous if left untreated. Dealing with the damage isn’t as simple as soaking up the water that’s visible—your home or business can be damaged in ways that aren’t apparent without the proper equipment. A professional mold cleaner has the experience and tools to identify the unseen dangers of water damage, address them, and ensure your family or patrons are protected from health risks. 


If your home or your business does have mold, mildew, or fungus caused by water damage, it’s important to get it taken care of as soon as possible. The initial problems caused by mold and built-up moisture will worsen over time if left untreated. This puts the safety of your building at risk and increases the chances of chronic health issues. Long-term exposure to mold or water-borne bacteria can cause fevers and severe respiratory issues. People with asthma, preexisting infections, or a compromised immune system are especially vulnerable. Certain molds can even produce toxins, which, over time, can cause memory loss, insomnia, depression, confusion, and even death.   


Water Remediation vs. Water Damage Restoration  

Once a professional identifies water damage in your building, the next step is hiring a trusted renovation company like Royal Renovations. From there, the mold remediation process can begin. This involves cleaning and sanitizing the target area, getting rid of excess moisture, and thoroughly removing mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria from the building. 


The next step is water damage restoration, which involves repairing and restoring the property to its previous state. During mold remediation, sections of the affected building’s interior may need to be removed. When the process is complete, restoration services replace removed sections with brand new, mold-free materials.  


Address Mold and Mildew Damage with Royal Renovations 

Untreated water damage poses numerous risks, ranging from long-lasting structural damage to chronic health conditions. If you notice signs of excess moisture and mold in your home or business, get in touch with Royal Renovations as soon as possible. Our team of restoration experts is fully equipped to help with everything from water damage and mold remediation to carpet cleaning and sewer backup.   


Learn more about protecting your home or business from water damage on the Royal Renovations blog.

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