According to Merriam-Webster, a catalyst is “an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.” Think of the baking soda volcanoes many of us made as children. When you add the vinegar to the pile of baking soda inside the tube, it suddenly turns from an innocent pile of powder into a foaming, exploding fountain! The vinegar acts as a catalyst to provoke a change, and the result is dramatic and instant.
So where does a catalyst show up in water damage?
If a home full of rainwater, flash flooding, or overflow from damaged pipes were left to its own devices, it would never dry. The damage would simply settle in and worsen over time, leaving a musty, moldy mess. The thing that eventually destroyed the home wouldn’t even be water. It would be what’s referred to as “secondary damage.”
To stop secondary damage, you need a catalyst to speed the process of drying and prevent mold and mildew before they start. A catalyst for water damage would be air movers or fans that circulate oxygen and quickly remove the moisture from an area. Without the water sitting dormant, mold can be prevented or at least inhibited and removed later.
The Flood Medix are experts in catalysts of many kinds! If you’re struggling with mold from water damage or other sources, please give us a call. We can halt the process of water damage and begin to reverse it before you can say “catalyst.”