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Improper Ice Dam Thawing and Its Moldy Aftermath

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on a wall Water damage led to mold growth.

The Moldy Aftermath of Improper Ice Dam Thawing

Roof problems are not the only concern to have regarding an ice dam in Snoqualmie, WA. Your business can suffer from water damage and its secondary effects if it’s left untreated. As the roof heats up, excessive buildup seeps water into your property to create a wet environment that’s ideal for mold. Worst of all, the mold growth ends up in places where you may not notice without looking for it. Knowing how to deal with this winter nuisance saves your business from worse problems.

Stop the Dam Before It Accumulates

The drainage obstruction should be prevented to reduce the chance of having to deal with black mold. There are precautions you can take to stop one from forming during winter weather:

  • Ensuring periodic maintenance is done on the roof ventilation
  • Removing debris from drains, downspouts and gutters
  • Removing or relocating any trees that may spill leaves into the drainage system
  • Insulating areas above the ceiling properly
  • Removing snow or ice as it happens with a snow rake or professional service

Inspect Your Property

If an ice dam happens, it is important to know where to look for mold. Its melting makes water trickle and drip down the walls and ceiling. In as little as twenty-four hours, mold can grow between the walls by establishing itself deep in your building’s porous materials.

If your business has an attic, it is a location that should be inspected for mold due to its dark and warmer location. Even if the attic and interior seem clear, mold could still be lurking in less visible places.

Clean Up the Mold

Mold from an ice dam is most often not visible since it is between the walls. This makes it difficult to locate and remedy without the right tools and knowledge. Inspection and mold cleanup is best handled by an expert crew specializing in fixing water and mold damage. With the mold prevented or removed, your business can have a spring forward coming out of winter.

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