According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings," mold can begin to grow in 24 - 48 hours if a structure is not effectively dried. 

If You Have Water Damage in Your Home or Business, it is Important to Contact Professionals as soon as Possible

Sources of water damage in your home or business include:

  • Heavy rains through a leak in your roof
  • Failing appliances or supply lines to appliances such as toilets, washing machines, dishwashers or ice makers
  • A water pipe leak hidden behind a wall
  • Major fire extinguishing efforts
  • A slab leak in your foundation

Water damaged structures can be the perfect breeding place for mold. Unless water stains appear, moisture could go undetected until mold growth and odor problems occur. 

 

Areas of Hidden Water Damage Can Promote Mold Growth

Some areas can include:

  • Carpet padding
  • Drywall
  • Under wood and tile flooring
  • Cabinetry and framing
  • The inside of wall cavities
  • Crawl spaces
  • Under bathtubs and shower enclosures
  • Ceilings 

Wet building materials and humid indoor air are mold’s best friends, so it is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth. 

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Water Damage Mitigation Company

  1. Is the mitigation company asking you to sign an Assignment of Benefits? Unfortunately, some mitigation contractors are abusing the Assignment of Benefits (AOB) agreement by submitting inflated repair invoices to your insurance carrier, then demanding the homeowner pay the amounts not covered by insurance. The contractor can then place a lien on your home, and contractor liens in Florida can be enforced by foreclosure. Do not sign any form that includes an Assignment of Benefits
  2. Can they provide proof that the company is properly licensed and insured?

  1. Do they have water damage certifications through an organization such as IICRC or RIA (they will know what you mean if they are certified!)

  2. Does the company have the necessary equipment to locate areas of damage not visible to the naked eye including infrared cameras, moisture sensors and moisture meters?

  3. Does the company have the necessary drying equipment to ensure a complete and competent mitigation? Specifically air movers and dehumidifiers.

  4. Will they work directly with your insurance company and not bill you?

  5. Are they able to complete any repair work necessary when the dry-out is complete?

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