Mold and mildew can grow
As a result of the water leakage into the warmth of the house, especially on wall surfaces and as a result of elevated humidity levels, mold and mildew can take hold and grow dangerously. Respiratory illnesses such as allergies and asthma caused by mold growth and the well-being of allergy-sensitive individuals are severely compromised.
It is easy for a homeowner to grasp the concept that water leaking into your house over time is not good and will ultimately lead to expensive damage. Ice dams cause millions of dollars of damage every single winter season. Much of that damage a homeowner can visually see and is apparent as ice dam water penetrating the house. Water-stained ceilings, dislodged roof shingles, drooping ice-filled gutters, peeling paint, and damaged plaster are all recognized by visual inspection and typically repaired quickly when weather or budgets permit. But other damage such as mold and mildew are not as obvious to the naked eye and often can go unchecked for years.
Indoor mold and mildew can easily affect the health of residents who are exposed to it. If someone living in the home is experiencing symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, runny/blocked nose, sore throat, sneezing, headaches, and respiratory issues, these could be signs of a serious problem. Also, if you smell a strange odor such as a musty odor contact a qualified inspector to come out and test the property.
The inspector will be able to conduct tests to determine if mold is present in your home, the involved areas, and even the level of toxicity as there are various types of mold and mildew, some of which are more dangerous than others.
Upon receiving confirmation that mold and mildew are in fact in your home, you must contact a remediation company to safely and properly remove the mold and mildew. Not only that but the problemed areas must be addressed and fixed. Attempting to remove mold and mildew without the help of a professional may aggravate the situation as areas may be missed or spread around and the issue may not be properly remediated.
In some cases of bad mold and mildew infestation, you might not even be able to live in your home until the issue is resolved. So, you can see how this type of ice dam water damage can cause great expense.