IDENTIFYING WATER DAMAGE
If there is a moisture problem in your home or building, then there most probably is a mold problem. If there are areas in your home or building that indicate water damage, then moisture is present and possible mold growth.
When looking for water damage pay attention to the following indications:
Vapor transmission in concrete slabs is the leading cause of flooring material failure. The same vapor that causes a failure in floor coverings can be the source of microbe promoting moisture. Vapor naturally transmits from the ground, through the slab, and into the building envelope by a difference in vapor pressure.
Poorly installed vapor barriers, imporperly poured slabs and stress cracks from settling and geological movement can all contribute to excessive vapor transmission. Potential indicators of excessive concrete slab vapor transmission include:
Other visual indications of water damage that may be found around your home:
These are the most prevalent visual signs that you may have water damage, however, hidden water damage can only be found behind walls and under floors and in ceilings using various moisture detection equipment such as infrared technology and/or moisture meters and borescopes.