After Water Damage, How Long Does it Take for Mold to Form?

May 27, 2019 | Blog

Did you know that after water damage mold can begin growing in as little as 24 hours?  Excess water due to burst pipes, a leaky roof, or flooding can wreak havoc on your home.  It can damage the overall structure like walls and carpets while also damaging furniture, appliances, clothing, and other household items.  As if that’s not enough, mold is the next possibility, increasing the overall damage and leading to more needed restoration and repair.

Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and only need the right conditions to develop. Moisture and organic material are all that is needed for formation to begin.  Even if water damage is minimal, porous, organic materials in the home like carpet, drywall, paint, and paper once moist provide all that is necessary for mold to develop.  After water damage, mold can be prevented with the proper care of eliminating all moisture.  So, how much time do you have before mold grows?  And how can you prevent mold growth from spreading?

HOW FAST CAN MOLD GROW?

  • Under ideal circumstances, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours.  Spores take to organic, damp material in 3 to 12 days and typically become visible at days 18 to 21.  Conditions of a home and surfaces and material in the affected area can cause these times to vary.  However, time is imperative, and the more time that passes, the greater the risk for mold to spread.

HOW FAST CAN MOLD SPREAD?

  • Mold spores are all around us, so when they land on moist, organic material it can take only a few hours before harmful microorganisms start spreading to other moist areas and cause damage to whatever they are attached to.  Once mold gets a start in your home, thousands more spores are released into the air, spreading throughout a building or home.  The best way to prevent mold from infesting your property is to dry the affected areas within the first 48 hours.

HOW TO KEEP MOLD FROM SPREADING AFTER WATER DAMAGE?

  • If water damaged areas are dried off within 48-72 hours mold has very little chance of developing.  Proper drying is imperative.  A thorough check for damage is also vital, as water can make its way into walls, carpets, under floors, ceilings, and other areas of a home.  Having the right professionals to do the job for you can save you time, money, and further damage.

CALL THE RIGHT PROFESSIONALS FOR WATER DAMAGE CLEANUP

At Pro Restoration Services our team can handle your water restoration needs professionally and effectively to root out any flood damage in your home or business.  We can be on site within an hour or less to thoroughly assess the water damage and start the water removal and drying process.  Our customer’s health and safety is our top priority.  Quick action can be the determining factor in your loss.  When you need flood damage cleanup call Pro Response Restoration right away!

 

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