How Water Condensation Can Cause Big Problems in Your Home
Monsoons are coming soon to the Phoenix area and with them, all the potential damage to homes. In addition to flooding, water condensation from a storm can lead to secondary damage and cause more damage than the original loss. Learn more about how water condensation can cause big problems in your home.
How humidity damages homes
One issue most Phoenix homeowners rarely think about is humidity, as the Valley tends to be a very dry place with little moisture in the air. However, when the relative humidity rises significantly as it does after major storms, so does the potential for damage. So, what is relative humidity? The relative humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Relative humidity refers to the amount of water in the air compared to the total amount it could contain at a specific temperature. How can humidity damage homes? High humidity can cause problems in your home if relative humidity regularly exceeds 60%. When the air contains water vapor above that level, mold and mildew start to grow, while excess moisture can cause rot, damaging your belongings.
Mold can be more damaging than the eye can see
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. Higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Most homeowners may not even know they have a mold problem until they smell that musty odor in their home. Mold can hide under carpets, in attics and behind walls, and can be tough to battle. Because of high humidity during monsoons, homeowners see an increase in mold issues.
How SERVPRO helps with mold from humidity
SERVPRO of East Phoenix has a specific process for dealing with mold issues in a home. First, we inspect and assess mold damage, looking for those areas that are out of sight such as attics and behind walls to ensure we get a full picture of the issue. We then focus on mold containment to stop the mold from spreading any further. Next is air filtration. Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. Depending on the situation, we then turn to removing mold and mold-infested materials such as carpeting, drywall, etc. Finally, we clean and restore all possessions impacted by mold to get your home back to normal.
If you suspect your home has mold, reach out to SERVPRO
If water condensation has caused mold or other issues in your home, call us today at (602) 507-6163. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.