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Health Hazards Arising from Denver Water Damage

April 20, 2016

Whether it’s an appliance that fails, a pipe that bursts, a roof that leaks, or perhaps simply windows left open during a rainstorm, exposure to water can result in more than just ruined property. Without timely remediation, water damage in your Denver home will give rise to health hazards that make you and your family sick.

The presence of water leads to humidity which encourages the growth of molds which produce microbial organic compounds that can irritate the mucous membrane. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies four common indoor molds: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus.

People who are sensitive to molds can suffer from nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Severe allergic reactions may include fever, shortness of breath, and obstructive lung disease. Individuals with compromised immune systems can suffer from hypersensitivity pneumonitis, chronic sinusitis, or even interstitial fibrosis, which require medical testing to confirm. Studies have also linked early mold exposure to asthma in children.

Bacteria and dust mites and other pests proliferate where mold grows. Bacterial colonies grow on damp organic matter and are responsible for many health problems. Dust mites thrive in warm, moist environments--like the laundry room--and are associated with upper respiratory problems. Other pests attracted to the living conditions caused by water damage include cockroaches, mice, and rats, which are known carriers of disease as well as destructive. Too much moisture may also cause building materials and furnishings to release toxic chemicals.

Not only unsightly and smelly, active mold growth also decays the material upon which it grows. Left unchecked, active mold growth will also destroy the structural integrity of your home. Respiratory issues notwithstanding, a building with a severe case of rot simply isn’t safe.

The key to keeping your home healthy and sound is to repair the damage and reduce the moisture. A small spot of water damage may be well within the ability of the average homeowner to fix; however, larger areas of damage require the services of professionals who have the necessary training and certifications to eliminate the problem. The CDC recommends that, “If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings.”
Specific recommendations, once the damage has been repaired, include:
  • Keep humidity levels inside the home no higher than 50 percent.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paint before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Avoid carpeting bathrooms and basements or other typically humid environments.
  • Remove or replace soaked carpets and upholstery.
If you find yourself dealing with effects of long-standing water damage, it’s imperative that the affected area be cleaned and repaired, which may require replacing structural elements and dealing with commercial chemicals. NuBilt Restoration & Construction has the proper licensing and expertise to clean up the hazardous result of water damage and restore the building to health. Call (303) 368-4688 to schedule a consultation.