Melting Snow and Mold

Melting Snow and Mold

Spring is officially here and the snow is melting.  This is great news for most but for some, the melting snow may present new problems for homeowners.

Homeowners should be extra diligent at this time of year paying particular attention to water intrusion in basements, roofs and other area’s where excessive ice damming or snow build up occurred during the winter months.  Minor foundation cracks or the roofing structure can become compromised over a long hard winter.  As the snow and ice melt and the ground temperature warms, the water can slowly seep into your home causing mold to begin growing.

In the event you find yourself in a flood situation, be sure to take action quickly to remove the water, dry out the area and of course fix the root cause problem that caused the flood in the first place.

For most, the leaks will happen slowly as temperatures rise.  Look for signs of water damage or moist area’s on walls and floors.  If you can, perform a perimeter walk around your home to see if you can identify where the water is coming from. If you’re not sure, you should contact a professional to come in with the right equipment to help you determine whether or not you have an issue. Thermal imaging camera’s and moisture meters are used to see beyond the surface and help zero in on water intrusion issues and where the water is coming from. When it comes to mold, water is your enemy so it is important to prevent water from coming into your home.

As always, your best line of defence is to act quickly when you signs of water damage so that you can prevent significant mold issues.

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