Mold and Termite Damage After Water DamageComments Off
Water damage problems can start with a simple leak or drain obstruction. When water leak problems are not addressed immediately, these concerns do get worse. As for drain obstruction, anything can cause this. Leaves, twigs, as well as debris from birds can block drains and gutters. Water will then back up and cause damage to a house’s roof and walls. Once there’s water damage on wood, many problems can arise as rotting wood not only damages a structure’s foundation but also draws fungi and pests.
Molds readily grow in damp and dark areas, which is why these can easily appear on rotting wood. Fungi can grow and take hold of a certain area in just a day or two, which can create more problems to property owners as mold growth can slowly spoil wooden structures. In addition to this, molds are health hazards, causing eye, nose or skin irritation, as well as lung and respiratory tract infections. The immunosuppressed or those with suppressed immune systems, and also those with chronic respiratory diseases, should not be exposed to mold spores as these can exacerbate present health problems.
Molds and Structural Integrity
Various types of molds can weaken or further rot wood. An example is the mold that causes “brown rot”. These kinds of molds slowly consume and weaken wood. Wood or timber affected by “brown rot” needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
Getting Rid of Molds
Molds on flat and easy-to-reach surfaces can be cleaned off using common household cleaners, like Lysol, soap, and bleach. Or more eco friendly options like clove oil. It’s also important to dry an area thoroughly to prevent further mold growth. In order to speed up the drying process, it’s best to use dehumidifiers or encourage ventilation by opening windows. Avoid using fans as these can help spores to become airborne.
When molds are on wood, there is often not much that can be done except replacement. For instance, the portion of a wall that’s been damaged by molds can be cut out and replaced. This is done to prevent molds from spreading.
One of the scariest enemies of property owners is the termite. These may be small animals but they can cause extensive property damage amounting to thousands of dollars. These are the silent but very efficient wood demolishers. Most of the time, people aren’t even aware that their homes are infested by termites until it’s too late.
There are different types of termites and the species attracted to damp wood are known as dampwood termites. Still, other species of termites can readily live in or near a place where there’s moisture and wood. Because the combination of wetness and wood is truly very appealing to termites, an important thing to do after a house sustains water damage is to remove or protect any damp wood that is connected to the ground. This will help in stopping termites from gaining entry into a house. There are various natural substances, as well as chemical insect killers, which can be used to protect wood from termites. For example, wood can be soaked in a borate solution. It’s also important to clean and remove moisture inside a home. Property owners should get rid of items that termites can use as food sources. Firewood and other wood debris, for instance, should be kept far from the main house. As for removing moisture, it’s beneficial to have all leak problems dealt with accordingly and that affected areas are cleaned and protected from termites appropriately.