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How does water damage convert to mould growth?

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How does water damage convert to mould growth?

With all the rain we have been experiencing up and down the coast at the moment there is always risk of excess moisture issues if your property is not up to scratch with water damage prevention.

Water damage in the home can cause all sorts of issues from internal cosmetic damage, all the way to structural damage….PLUS… Mould growth. How does water damage convert to mould growth? Mould is a build up of pesky microscopic spores that grow and multiply in an environment of excess moisture.

Roof Issues and Mould

Cracked or loose tiles, leaking skylights, rusty or loosened fasteners can all contribute to a leaky roof. When water enters your roof cavity it can cause a buildup of moisture which will in turn create the perfect environment mould to grow and can eventually cause timber to rot. The mould within your roof cavity can also cause damage to your ceiling from above. Having your roof checked by someone experienced will ensure that small repairs can be done with ease and not turn into larger issues of mould growth and rotting timber down the track.


Mould and Gutter Problems

When guttering becomes clogged there is nowhere for excess water to escape efficiently. This can increase the risk of water entering your home where it is not wanted. This in turn will cause water damage and can assist in mould growth.

Sometimes guttering can become loose or cracked and this can result in water escaping in all directions. Just like your roof, doing small regular repairs when needed can stop water from leaking into your property causing water damage, and eventually mould growth.

It is a good idea to clean out your gutters regularly, and at least once a year have them done by a professional so that any small repairs to your guttering can be performed at the same time.

worker cleaning house gutter from leaves and dirt

Mould, Rising Damp and Drainage Issues

Keeping your drainage maintained is important for keeping excess water at bay. If you feel that water is not draining away as it should, have your drainage assessed. If you don’t have any drainage around your property, this can be a major risk for water damage to your home in the event of flash flooding or even days of heavy rain. Water can pool around and under the subfloor of your home which can result in mould growth, rising damp and even termite issues.

If you have discovered large puddles in your yard that aren’t subsiding and mouldy areas from the floor upwards, this can be a sign of a property drainage issue. Sloping yards also need extra drainage due to pooling wet areas. If you are not sure of the drainage needs of your property, always ask a professional.

Mildewed walls

Mould and Plumbing Problems

If you are experiencing mould within your home it could be that there is a possible plumbing problem that has gone undetected. Leaking pipes can cause water damage and moisture buildup within wall cavities and cupboards. Look out for sprinklings of mould or dank musty smells. This is usually a sign that something isn’t quite right.

If you have already discovered mould from water damage in your home give us a call at Mould Pro. We are mould removal experts who will give your specialist advice specific to your property.

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