Mold and Moisture: Act Quickly
Mold growth can cause serious secondary damage when you have temperature changes and water infiltration.
Mitigate mold growth
Call United Methodist Insurance (UMI) immediately if you have water damage. They will send out a restoration company to dry the area and do mold remediation right away. The restoration company pumps out the water, then dries the premises. Typically, the restoration company brings in a lot of large fans.
When mold penetrates past where you can see it readily, that’s when it can cause real problems. If the restoration company sees signs or has been told that there has been water behind walls or under carpets, they may take out the sheetrock to dry behind it or remove carpeting to dry underneath it.
Sometimes churches will arrange for drying and mold remediation on their own. When you have a situation such as a large storm that causes rampant flooding in the area, remediation companies often are already on location. It’s possible to find a good company that is already active at a disaster site, but UMI can identify companies with which they have already worked for your consideration.
The dangers of mold
Stachybotrys, sometimes called toxic black mold, can cause infections and health issues such as respiratory problems, especially in people who have certain allergies or who suffer from asthma. Fortunately, not all mold is toxic.
Occasionally there are reports of people suffering health problems because of mold, but UMI doesn’t receive claims for these issues very often .
How do you know if you have mold?
You typically begin to see mold within a few days of water infiltration. But if the conditions are right for mold, it will grow whether you see it or not. That’s why it’s so important to have a professional company dry out the building and significantly reduce the chances of mold growth.
Eventually, mold will make itself known. A musty odor might be a sign that you have hidden mold. It’s also possible to think you’ve dried out your building completely—and then see signs that the mold has come back. That means you didn’t get all the water out the first time.
After a flood, mold might not be the first thing church leaders think about. But being aware of the possibility of mold growth and acting quickly to remove water and dry out materials can prevent further problems down the road.