You might think that Colorado’s drier climate would make it less common that water damage in Denver homes would happen. However, because of the snow and this year’s rainfall, the threat of unknown damage from water intrusion can absolutely happen. A great majority of the homes in Denver and the surrounding areas are older, and less likely to have the proper measures in place to prevent damage from storms and the like – that should be your first step if you are concerned: have a professional come to your home to inspect the premises and give you the best recommendation about what is needed for you. One of the most common things that homeowners encounter is a leak or water intrusion in one way or another leading to wet carpet either on the main floor or in the basement. While it might seem like it is harmless and the water should dry on its own given a bit of time, the damage associated could be seriously harmful to your health for one big reason: mold.
Here are a few things to keep your eyes open for to spot mold formation in your home:
- Any mold growth on the carpet – it might seem obvious, but if you see a bit of mold on your carpet (even a small amount) you have a problem. Sometimes it is difficult to notice right away that it is mold, it might appear to be a patch of slightly different coloration of the carpet. Keep in mind that mold can range in color between common colors like black and white, to brighter colors like blues and greens.
- Wet carpet – Another (maybe) obvious sign that mold might be present is damp or wet carpet. This means carpet that did not just get wet once because of an incident or spill, but carpet that might be unexplainably wet. This usually points to a bigger problem, like a leak or water seeping into your home through the foundation. These types of scenarios should be addressed as soon as possible, as the work can be somewhat extensive depending on the circumstance.
- Sneezing, Allergic Reactions – Have you noticed that when you are at home, you sneeze more frequently or are more prone to taking allergy medication? This is something to pay attention to (especially if you don’t have pet dander that might cause it). Mold causes allergic reactions that if not taken care of, can result in much more serious complications to your health.
- Dusty, Musty Smells – One of the tell-tale signs of mold formation is the musty smell that lingers in the air. If the home has been closed and not allowed proper ventilation, you can sometimes assume that is the reason for the smell, but in many cases that is not true. Open windows and allow fresh air into the space over a few days’ time. If the smell persists, you most likely are dealing with a mold infestation and need it removed.
Are you questioning the health risk in your home? Paying attention to details can save you a major headache down the road, and increase the value of your home as well. Don’t wait if you recognize any of these signs as something familiar – call NuBilt Restoration and Construction to remove any threat and deal with water damage Denver residents are faced with during these rainy days. Our team is available to you – we care 24/7. Check out other tips from our team like how you can remove and prevent mildew odors in your basement.