Perhaps you’ve woken up and exited your bedroom door only to be hit with an uncharacteristic wall of humidity inside your home. Or perhaps you’ve followed the smell of mildew, tracking the source of the stench to an ugly brown water stain on your bathroom ceiling.

Either way, we know what you’re wondering: Is it mold… or is it just water damage?

The answer may not be as straightforward as you’d like to believe. That’s why we’re here to clear up the muddied picture regarding your home health and how water plays a critical role… 

Water Woes and Multiplying Mold

Despite the various strains of mold that can be found on one’s property, mold is relatively simple when it comes to understanding its origins: Moisture plus adequate warmth equals growth. That is to say, if you’re wondering if you’re dealing with water damage or mold, the unfortunate answer is that it may actually be both.

“If your home has water damage […] mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem.”

Thus, the moment you notice water damage as a result of flooding, a plumbing leak, high humidity, or something else, immediate action is required if you are to attempt to curb or mitigate mold and mildew growth.

Do My Eyes Deceive Me?

“Surely that’s just a water stain,” you say to yourself. “After all, I don’t see anything fuzzy — just some discoloration. I doubt there’s any mold here.”

While this may be an understandable line of thought, we urge you to reconsider the prior point: Water damage generates mold and mildew growth. Even if your water stain appears dry or innocuous enough, the bottom line is that you still have a water problem present.

And where there is water, there stands the possibility of mold growth, even if it is not visible.

That being said, it is imperative that you investigate areas around the stain that may retain moisture. For example, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) has specified that sources of moisture — or isolated areas that may accumulate/retain moisture over time — include:

  • Air conditioner drain pans or evaporator coils
  • Indoor plants
  • Kitchen and/or bathroom vents
  • Pipes or other areas of plumbing
  • And more

Isolated But Not Alone

Perhaps you have determined an isolated area of water damage and mold growth in your home or business, or perhaps you can smell the odor of mildew but simply have no idea where to begin in searching for the source. In either case, it may be time to entertain the idea of calling for help. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, recommends calling an industry professional regarding your mold if you have health concerns related to the contamination.

And that’s where Discreet Air Quality comes in.

As your locally-owned and operated indoor air quality experts, it is of the utmost importance to our team that you understand you are not alone. Not only can we help you identify the sources and types of airborne contaminants on your property, but we also work with you to generate an effective and efficient plan of attack, thereby empowering you to optimize your space!

To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, contact our team today by calling (754) 702-7019 or emailing info@discreetairquality.com.