Posts Tagged ‘water damage’

Rain, rain, go away, we don’t want any mold today! Between the moisture from the summers warm, humid air and all the rain we get it is important to keep your home dry. Mold spores only grow when there is moisture in the air. Control the moisture levels and you will have control over the mold. It is also important to fix any water damaged areas in your home right away, if you do not fix the water damage problem and only take care of the mold, it is likely that the mold will return. Listed below is what you should know about mold according to the EPA.

  • Mold can effect your health associated with allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • There is no way to completely eliminate all traces of mold, only ways to control it, by controlling the moisture level. You can control the moisture level by using a dehumidifier.
  • If there is water damage, fix the source of the water problem.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
  • Dry and clean off all water damaged objects withing a 48 hour period.
  • Prevent condensation. You can do this by making sure your home is properly insulated.
  • You can also install into your home a UV Germicidal Lights, to help you breath in the best quality air. So don’t let mold get the best of you! Make sure the air you are breathing in is clean and mold free. Keep the moisture under control to keep that mold out!

    In light of the tornado warnings this week, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about water damage. Be advised homeowners, when it comes to water damage, it’s better to be safe then sorry! Take a look at the list below from HVACR Business about the heating and cooling equipment that is recommended you replace if affected by water damage.

  • Gas Furnaces and Boilers
    1. Gas valves and controls are susceptible to water damage but they are not always visible. Make sure you have your HVAC professional take a closer look at the damage.
  • Electric Furnaces
    1. Your electric furnace is susceptible to corrosion which can be hazardous and cause reliability problems.
  • Propane Heating
    1. If there is potential for a propane leak after water damage, your propane tank should be replaced immeideitly!
  • Radiant Floor Heat
    1. Floor heaters have electrically-heated cables or tubing circulating a fluid that are embedded below the floor boards. If your floor is exposed to water damage, chances are, so is you floor heater. The damage can weaken or even crack the tubes, so make sure you have them checked!
  • Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning Systems
    1. If even the littlest amount of water seeps in, there is potential for refrigerant leaks. This will require a major repair or full replacement.
  • Ductwork
    1. Make sure you check your ductwork after any major storm.
  • Water Heating Systems
    1. No matter what type of heating system it is, (gas, oil or electricity) if it is exposed to water it should be replaced.

    So remember, if any of your heating or air conditioning equipment is exposed to water damage make sure you have it checked by a HVAC professional! If it is not fixed or replaced, it can end up coasting you more down the road and it can even become hazardous. So don’t let water damage slide.