When water damages go unnoticed in a home for any length of time, they can quickly lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These microbial growths are not only a hazard to the structural integrity of the building, but also to the health of everyone inside.
Slab leaks are a common source of unnoticed water damages. These leaks occur when the water or sewer lines underneath the foundation of a property leak. Because the leak is occurring beneath the slab, it may go undetected for an extended period of time, and even a small leak can cause extensive mold growth under the right conditions. Some tell-tale signs of slab leaks and resulting mold growth are:
- Changes in water pressure
- Higher than normal water bills
- Musty, damp smells or sewage smells from an unknown source
- Stained or buckling drywall, baseboards, and flooring
Moisture testing with a moisture meter and thermal imaging can both help verify the presence of a slab leak. Likewise, surface mold testing and air quality tests will help verify the presence of any mold growth caused by the leak.