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Mold Can Result in Serious Damage to your Home in Saratoga Springs

How Insidious Water Leaks Can Become a Serious Problem

A seemingly insignificant drip from a toilet supply line ran continuously for months in this home in Saratoga Springs. What appeared to the homeowner to be just a damp pipe was actually moisture running down the pipe and accumulating below the floor, then migrating throughout the ceiling above the basement, and down through the basement walls. It resulted in significant damage that could not be dried or cleaned properly without removing much of the finish materials in the home. In the Before photo you can see the moisture condensing on the surface of the drywall ceiling. The spots are mold colonies growing on the drywall.  The mold visible on the surface of the drywall at this time is only a fraction of the growth that is occurring on the opposite side and structural materials above.  In this case, to properly dry the structural materials and address the mold growth, all of the drywall in the basement had to be removed, as well as some of the finished floor and sub-floor materials on the first floor.

Moisture Detection is Key to Properly Treating Mold Damage

Understanding the extent of the problem is often the challenge the homeowners faced with mold or water damage.  Without the right tools to detect where moisture has migrated in the building, some areas may be left wet and mold growth can continue to proliferate.  We employ sophisticated detection equipment, such as thermohygrometers, penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters, and infrared cameras to identify the presence of moisture beneath floors and within walls. Most homeowners do not have these tools readily available, so the services of a professional mold remediator are usually required.

If the moisture has been present for an extended period, building materials become saturated (as was the case with this home) and mold growth is highly likely.  The procedure requires that:

  1. Finish materials be removed to identify the extent of mold growth
  2. The structural materials must then be properly dried
  3. The mold must be removed
  4. Antimicrobials are applied
  5. In some cases a mold barrier or sealant is applied to reduce the likelihood of future mold growth

So careful observation and proper maintenance are a great way to prevent problems like this from becoming a significant property damage event.

If you have questions about this topic or others, please call (518) 885-2620 and ask to speak to Ron Rimualdo, our owner.  Ron is a bona-fide expert, with certifications from the IICRC in mold remediation.

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