What’s Hiding Behind My Wallpaper?

What’s Hiding Behind My Wallpaper?
Ice Damning continues to cause problems for residents of Saskatchewan. Got Mold? has written extensively about this subject. For more information, please review the links below:
Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
Recently, Got Mold? was called because a homeowner suspected there was mold in her home. She contacted her insurance because it was believed that the moisture was caused by ice damning. The problem, however, was there were no visible signs of mold.
Got Mold? was called in for an inspection. What we found is that there were was a significant mold concern on a wall, but it was difficult to identify because the wall was covered with wallpaper.
If you discover mold on a wall covered with wallpaper, it is a good idea to call in a professional for the following reasons:
First, it is important to understand that if you remove the wallpaper without setting up a proper containment, then the mold problem will worsen because a massive amount of spores will be released into the air. In short, trying to clean up a mold problem without a proper containment will exacerbate the situation.
Second, the massive release of spores will increase the airborne spore count worsening the air quality in the home, which could lead to health problems, not to mention, it will enable the mold to seek out other sources of food and spread.
Finally, it is very important to realize that just spraying bleach or other chemicals on the mold will not have a long term positive impact. In fact, it can make the situation worse. To learn more about why you should not spray mold, check out this article: Don’t Spray Mold!
The key to ensuring long term mold issues are not a concern is to deal with the core problem causing the moisture issues. In this client’s case, we first recommended that the problems causing the ice damning were fixed. Once the source of the moisture is fixed, then the next step is to proceed with a professional mold remediation.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?

Why Should I Be Concerned About Newly Formed Water Stains?
Newly formed water stains on your ceiling or wall are caused by moisture intrusion. The key concern is what is causing the moisture intrusion?
Possible causes of water stains could be a leaky roof or leaks in the plumbing system.

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In colder climates, another possible cause of the moisture intrusion is ice damning. Large amounts of snow accumulation on roofs causes ice damning. Ice dams result from the escape of heat into the attic which eventually builds up and melts snow on the roof. The ice dam forms when the melting snow pools behind dams of ice at the roof’s edge, which is one of the reasons that icicles form. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. To learn more about ice damning and it’s causes, review this article.
Water stains should be a concern because water is one of the key ingredients required for mold growth. Mold can cause health and structural issues, so it is important to understand that prevention and moisture control are essential: fix leaky roofs; control humidity; know where your water main valve is; address ice damning; and install a sump pump.
Our next article will explain how potential moisture problems can be identified through Thermal Imaging, a pro-active procedure that can identify problems with insulation, plumbing, and many other concerns for home owners.
Further Reading
Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home
Got Mold? on Global TV
Why Should I Be Concerned About Snow On My Roof?
Even Our President Has Ice Damning Issues!
Top 20 Mold and Asbestos Articles in February!
Dry Ice Blasting Project: Before and After Pictures
Top Ten Mold and Health Articles Re-Pinned on Pinterest
Celebrities Affected By Asbestos and Mold (12 Articles)
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
What Should I Do If I Have Mold In My Apartment?
What Impact Will High Household Humidity Have?
Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Mold Remediation Regulations: Good For the Industry…Best For the Consumer
Canadian Regulations & Guidelines: Indoor Air Quality & Mould
What Happens During a Mold Inspection?
What Happens When You Call Got Mold?
IICRC: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Our 8 Step Process!
Renovating? Be Mindful of Mold
Mold and Illness (40 Articles)
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
Hurricane Sandy Causes Mold Risk for Flooded Areas
Sandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure
Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!
What Should I do if I Find Mold?
Attention Saskatchewan Residents: PDAP Can Help!
Don’t Spray Mold!
What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Seven Tips To Detecting Mold
Mold in Your Basement
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
What to do when you’ve identified a mold concern?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
How Does Mold Get Indoors?
What’s In Your Flood Water?
What causes Mold growth?

Water…Necessary For ALL Life, Including Mold!

Water…Necessary For ALL Life, Including Mold!
The basis of all life, including plants, animals, and humans are cells. Cells are composed of atoms, the smallest unit of matter. Cells can not survive without water!

The human body is made up of trillions of cells all of which rely on water to function properly. Not surprisingly, humans are made up of 50% to 70% water and the brain is mostly water at 80%. Without water, we dehydrate which can lead to illness and eventually death. For this reason, it is very difficult for humans to live without water for more than 3 to 4 days. Water is life!
Interestingly, mold requires water to grow and thrive because it is a fungus. Mold has cells, but unlike a plant, it does not have chlorophyll and can not make it’s own food. Instead, mold needs food, inorganic dead matter. It reproduces by releasing it’s spores, this is mold’s survival mechanism. The key to mold growth is water. Without water and moisture, mold can not grow because it’s cells will not function properly.
To prevent mold, you must control moisture.
Last summer, we wrote an article about the Elliot Lake mall collapse and asked whether it occurred because of mold. One of the problems with mold is that it literally eats the structure that it is feeding on, weakening it. Recently, an investigation into the collapse revealed that the roof of the mall was damaged and constantly leaked when it rained causing significant mold growth. As stated earlier, mold can only grow in the presence of water. To prevent mold growth, the source of the moisture must first be addressed; in this case, the leaky roof should have been fixed properly.
In the fall of 2012, the Eastern Seaboard was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Since many residents were left without power and heat, mold quickly took hold. Public advocates and government officials are calling for the US government to provide funding to address mold issues because insurance is not covering the cost. The struggle with mold continues and is well documented in the news!
Closer to home in Saskatchewan, many residents are experiencing ice damning problems, and a news story published on March 22nd makes it very clear that residents of the province better be prepared for flooding because snow is piling up. According to Environment Minister, Ken Cheveldayoff, everyone should begin preparing before the big melt begins:
People in their houses should try to get their snow away from their foundation as much as possible,” he said. “If they don’t have a sump pump, the suggestion is they put one in.
It is clear that flooding will become an issue and Saskatchewan residents should prepare themselves. Unlike the victims of Sandy who had very little time to prepare, residents of our province have time. Educate yourself, review this article: Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information! and familiarize yourself with the PDAP program.
In summary, water is necessary for all life, including mold. Mold can cause health and structural issues, so it is important to understand that prevention and moisture control are essential: fix leaky roofs; control humidity; know where your water main valve is; address ice damning; and install a sump pump. With respect to flooding, immediate action is important because your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.
Further Reading
Top 3 Reasons To Have a Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home
Got Mold? on Global TV
Why Should I Be Concerned About Snow On My Roof?
Even Our President Has Ice Damning Issues!
Top 20 Mold and Asbestos Articles in February!
Dry Ice Blasting Project: Before and After Pictures
Top Ten Mold and Health Articles Re-Pinned on Pinterest
Celebrities Affected By Asbestos and Mold (12 Articles)
Why Do Ice Dams Cause Mold Problems?
What Should I Do If I Have Mold In My Apartment?
What Impact Will High Household Humidity Have?
Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Mold Remediation Regulations: Good For the Industry…Best For the Consumer
Canadian Regulations & Guidelines: Indoor Air Quality & Mould
What Happens During a Mold Inspection?
What Happens When You Call Got Mold?
IICRC: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Our 8 Step Process!
Renovating? Be Mindful of Mold
Mold and Illness (40 Articles)
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
Hurricane Sandy Causes Mold Risk for Flooded Areas
Sandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure
Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!
What Should I do if I Find Mold?
Attention Saskatchewan Residents: PDAP Can Help!
Don’t Spray Mold!
What Causes a Basement to Smell Bad?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
What to Expect From a Mold Inspection
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Seven Tips To Detecting Mold
Mold in Your Basement
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
What to do when you’ve identified a mold concern?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
How Does Mold Get Indoors?
What’s In Your Flood Water?
What causes Mold growth?