Heavy January 2010 rains in California causing mold problems

February 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm 3 comments

The heavy rains we recently experienced in Southern California remind me of the rains of 2005. In 2005, we were flooded with calls from home owners and business owners about mold and water damage.

The bulk of the calls started occurning about 2 months after the heavy rains. This is when people started noticing the visible mold growth. Unforunately, the non-visible mold started growing long before. The longer water damage sits unaddressed, the greater the damage will be from mold.

My advice to everyone living in rain soaked and flood damaged areas of California is to perform their own personal inspection of their home or property. Grab a flashlight and look everywhere. If you see water damage, staining, or mold growth, call us immediately. The sooner these problems can be addressed, the lower the impact and the lower the cost to remedy.

Or, to be on the safe and pudent side, call us today at 310.451.9333 to set up an inspection. We can provide a detailed, thorough investigation to ensure your home is in top shape and to make sure you don’t have a lurking moisture and mold problem.

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Michael Bains

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3 Comments

  • 1. NYC mold remediation  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Wherever there is excess water, there is the potential to grow toxic molds. It’s pretty scary since the consequences of black mold can sometimes lead to death.

  • 2. Ken Jansen Kansas City  |  January 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    We have heavier snow than normal in Kansas City for the last week. I was showing some older homes in the Fairway area and they had a lot of ice dams in the gutters which was causing water infiltration. I expect that could turn into mold when the weather warms up, correct? How warm does it need to be for mold to start growing inside a wall or attic?

    • 3. mbains  |  January 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Hi again, Ken. Yes, any water that gets into a home can cause a mold problem. Molds grow at different temperatures, but most any normal indoor temperature is sufficiently warm for mold to grow. A good mold inspector will look for moisture intrusion and can perform the proper testing to determine if there is an indoor mold problem in a home.

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