The Water Problem Behind The Mold Problem: Water Damage Mold Prevention


A call comes in, the homeowner explains they had a water loss a couple months ago that they dried themselves.  They explain that they tore out the carpet and pad, extracted the water with their shop-vac and believed the problem was taken care of.  This homeowner is now calling for a mold inspection to be done in their home.

This is a typical conversation and request that we receive and many times this could have been prevented through proper extraction and drying by a professional restoration company.  When water enters your home, there is always potential danger for mold growth to occur.  Knowing the basics about mold growth and understanding the importance of choosing a certified water restoration company to remediate your water loss; will help to ensure your home doesn’t have a mold problem after a water problem.

How The Water Problem Can Become A Mold Problem

To better understand the correlation between the two, we need understand the basic principles of mold growth.   Molds thrive on damp, dark spaces and cannot grow where there is not water or moisture.

The key to mold control is moisture control.  Since mold cannot grow without a water sources, it is vital to determine and fix the water problem whenever mold is found or suspected in a home.  There are many possibilities to rule out when determining the source of the water problem.

  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Condensation
  • Poor ventilation
  • Flooding

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), molds can grow on surfaces that were only wet for 24 hours. This short time frame makes your reaction time when you experience flooding in your home very important and the drying process should begin as soon as water enters the premise.

Stop The Water Problem, Prevent Mold

Most water problems that are reported by homeowners are due to flooding in their basements.  Water building up in the yard and ground around the home, sump-pump failure or leaking from the foundation or plumbing are among the top causes for flooding. Regardless to the cause, the  process needs to be approached the same to ensure all water is removed to prevent any future mold growth from occurring.  This is the number one reason you should choose a certified water damage restoration company when you experience a water loss in your home.

At AmeriClean, our crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week ready to respond to flooding emergencies in Northwest Indiana.  Our immediate response saves you time and money, getting your property back to normal as soon as possible and helping with water damage mold prevention.  AmeriClean’s emergency flood crews have been extensively trained and are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians. Equipped with sophisticated truck-mounted extraction equipment, plus over 1,000 pieces of on-site drying equipment available, we are capable of handling multiple water emergencies at a time.

Our services include:

  • Water extraction, structural drying and tear-out
  • Vortex structural drying system
  • Hardwood floor drying
  • Thermal imaging
  • Convection heat drying
  • Electronics drying
  • Humidity control

For more information on what to do when you experience a water loss in your home, read this blog!

About AmeriClean, Inc.

AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana.  Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include CarpetUpholsteryAir Duct,  Area RugCeramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage RestorationFire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.  With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in residential and commercial properties for cleaning and restoration needs.  For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.

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