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Ice Dams and Mold Growth

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

The cold, snowy months of winter affect more than your heating bill. Slow snow melt on commercial roofs and gutters may create an ice dam that prevents proper water drainage. The worst-case scenario is that the excess moisture creates an ideal environment for mold. Ice dams create mold problems through the following process:

• Sunlight causes snow to partially melt on roofs and around gutters.
• The partial melt creates a blockage that prevents melt-off from draining.
• Backed-up water seeps through cracks in the roof or in the walls.
• Trapped moisture allows mold to flourish.

A Costly Problem

In some cases, low outside temperatures will be enough to prevent mold growth. Unfortunately, if the water seeps into the walls and reaches a warmer area of the building, mold can start growing within a day or two. While many commercial property owners fear black mold, there are hundreds of mold species that can damage buildings. If the problem goes unchecked, the property owner may have to pay for replacement walls or flooring.

Preventing Problems Before They Start

Commercial property owners can prevent mold growth by stopping an ice dam in its tracks. Keep close tabs on the roof, gutters, and flat surfaces where ice and snow can accumulate. Clear off any snow, and make sure melt-off does not refreeze. Repair any crack in the roof or walls so moisture does not seep through and call a mold cleanup specialist if any mold is suspected.

An ice dam can cause a major headache with mold growth, but this does not have to be the case. There are many steps commercial property owners can take to prevent the formation of ice dams and to prevent mold growth if they do occur. If mold growth is suspected, call a professional in Lafayette, LA, who can accurately assess the damage, remediate the problem, and help you prevent trouble in the future.

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