Mold and Heat

Flooded houses that have been gutted and remediated WILL encounter another mold problem soon if the HVAC system is not functional. Summer temps and humidity cause a mold problem even in houses that weren’t flooded if the HVAC is not operating. United Fire and Water is seeing REO properties that did NOT flood that have mold problems in the summer.

Why Do I Have a New Mold Problem?

Mold and Heat Problem

As the temperature increases outside then the importance of a working cooling system also increases. Mold needs four things to grow. Moisture, Oxygen, a Food Source and Temperature. If your HVAC system isn’t working then the temperature and humidity (moisture) can cause mold to grown in a home without obvious water intrusion. Some of the most common places we see mold problems are in foreclosed homes. Frequently the lender turns off power to the house. This saves them money but it also means temperature and moisture increase.

What Can I Do?

Call United Fire and Water Damage! Typically, if you can see mold then you don’t necessarily need IAQ testing. You must remove it. However, IAQ testing can be completed in one area of your home or multiple- depending on your needs and situation. Indoor Air Quality Testing (also referred to as mold testing) tests the air quality indoors versus the air quality outdoors. Simply put, if the air indoor has more mold than the air outdoors, then you may have a problem. And because we take samples in more than one location, it can give you a good idea of just WHERE the mold problem may occur! We ALWAYS send your samples to a third party lab for comparison. Even better, we typically receive results within 24 hours.

United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLc Offers These Services

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation – LA State Lic #250487
  • Reconstruction Services – LA State Lic #555937

United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC services all of Southern Louisiana and can typically be on site for any restoration related emergency within 2 hours of first notice. 60 minutes in the Greater Baton Rouge area.