Water Damage and the Internal and External Water Sources

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Sep 03 2014

Water Damage and the Internal and External Water Sources

 

Water damage is the common problem in the areas where there is excess moisture or water exposure. The remedy of this problem might become costly and expensive because sometimes mold is hidden or unseen and its detection is not possible. The hidden mold can do more damage than the scene mold.

Water Problems: Identification

Following are some simple steps to identify the water problems in your home so that the water damage can be avoided or prevented.

Water bill of your home must be free of fluctuations so check your monthly bill regularly and keep an eye on the fluctuations and search for its reasons with the help of los angeles water restoration.

The water pressure of an average home is 50-70 pounds/square inch approximately. This pressure can be measured by a pressure gauge and if the pressure is high then pipes can experience premature failure.

Inspection of pipes and fittings must be done annually and ice makers, washing machines, dishwashers and sinks must also be inspected.

Water Sources

1-Internal

Te internal sources of water that can cause water damage are

  • Supply lines of water
  • Icemakers
  • Dishwashers
  • Water heaters
  • Washing machines

2-External

The water that might come from the external sources and causes water damage are

  • Plants
  • Gutters
  • Downspouts
  • Roofs
  • Mortar joints
  • Cracks
  • Foundations
  • Chimneys

Mold Growth: Detection

Mold growth is obvious in the moist houses. Mold has many different colors like blue, green, brown, white, orange or red. Its smell is musty and any occupant can recognize its presence with the help of this smell. It is a fungus present in air. The spores of this fungus attatch to different surfaces and a colony are formed. The mold feeds on the organic matters found in fabric, leather, drywall and paint. The mold is formed in the floors, gutters houseplants and window frames etc.

Mold is found usually in the moist homes where there are water leakages. Environmental conditions are also a main cause of mold. Right after the floods and hurricanes mold growth can be seen. Some mold is allergenic while some of them are toxic and can cause serious illnesses like cancer. Stachybotrys is a toxic mold that is also known as black mold. This mold is extremely hazardous for human health. Its color is black or green. Allergenic mold also causes respiratory issues.

 

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