Preventing Mold After a Sump Pump Fail

Preventing Mold After a Sump Pump Fail

By David Libowitz

If you live or own a property in an area that is prone for flooding, you’ve likely had a sump pump installed for additional protection. Sump pumps essentially provide an extra sense of security to residential or commercial properties. It is ideally responsible for moving excess waters away from a property. This water does not necessarily have to be the direct result of a natural disaster, but can result from rain, snow, or even a busted pipe. However, when problems arise with the sump pump, property owners need to be proactive in remedying the issue before costly damages incur.

 Flood Damage and Its Effects on Buildings
Without giving thought to anything other than flood waters, it can do an excessive amount of damage to the structure of any building. Water that is allowed to accumulate and sit for more than a day or so can begin to cause significant concern for mold growth. Toxic mold growing on any part of a building can begin to eat away at the infrastructure not to mention cause a great deal of health issues for residents/occupants in the building. Mold remediation services are the only solution to remove the mold safely from the property.

If you live or own a property in an area that is prone for flooding, you've likely had a sump pump installed for additional protection.

If you live or own a property in an area that is prone for flooding, you’ve likely had a sump pump installed for additional protection.

Hire a Mold Specialist or Inspector Immediately
In order to get a full understanding of the amount of mold potentially growing in your property you should first seek the services of a home inspector or mold specialist. They should complete a very thorough examination of the property and test any affected areas right away. This will provide you with a detailed idea of the types of mold present in the home. This report also provides mold remediation specialist with a detailed idea of what tasks need to be completed to successfully remove the mold from the property.

Why Not Just Call a Mold Removal Company?
While it might be tempting to cut out the middle man and immediately contact a mold remediation company it is important to consider the consequences. A property needs to first be tested by a third party professional to ensure that the remediation process is carried out effectively. Consumers are provided with a more honest and complete testing phase which is pertinent to the final results. This way there is no conflict of interest and consumers can rest assure that the job has been completed without any tampering or dishonesty.

Hiring a Certified Mold Remediation Company
After you’ve received a thorough inspection from a home inspector or mold specialist, you can then hire a certified and licensed mold remediation company for both mold removal and water damage. When searching for a reliable company be sure that you check to ensure that they are trained and certified, as mishaps during the removal process can lead to serious health risks and dangers for your property. Check within your locality to find out what the qualifications are as it pertains to licensing and certification.

So the next time your sump pump begins to malfunction, don’t hesitate to reach out to mold experts right away. Prolonged periods of still water can lead to significant damage not only to your property, but to your health. Taking the time to contact the right professionals in a specific order can assure you get the best possible service all around.

About author

David Libowitz

David is the Owner of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, and was recently appointed the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative. David graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and The Wharton School with an MBA in Finance. David has an extensive career investing in and working with companies to facilitate their growth, both organically and through acquisitions. David spent 11 years at Warburg Pincus (one of the largest private equity firms in the world), and worked his way up from Associate to Partner. Over the course of his career, David has served on the Board of Directors of 15 private and public companies and was also the CEO of a start-up software company. David has IICRC Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Certifications and also holds a Lead Based Paint Certification.

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