Water damage can’t only damage homes and their contents, but it can also lead to mold growth. Mould can grow quickly as a result of the flood, leaks, or high humidity, making the recovery process more challenging. Even a little bit of moisture, even if not handled quickly and correctly, can become a big mold infestation.
Mold spores are tiny airborne particles that aren’t visible to the naked eye. They exist everywhere in nature and may grow into the visible mold after a water damage episode. If it starts invading a house, mold can threaten the health of its occupants. Mold exposure is especially harmful to those who have breathing difficulties brought on by allergies or asthma.
However, an individual can avoid household mold growth if rapid action is accepted. All it takes is removing the moisture before mold has had the chance to begin growing. But how fast does mold develop after a flooding or moisture problem?
How Fast Does Mould Grow?
Mould generally takes 24 to 48 hours to grow after flooding if it has the right problems. It is dependent upon the form of surfaces and materials, quantity of moisture, and temperature. Indoors, mold generally grows faster on softer surfaces in darker, warmer (21 degrees Celsius or more), and more humid environments.
The chance for mold spores to spread from 1 area to another also increases. These germs can quickly fill the atmosphere and spread throughout a house, affecting more and more regions and endangering its occupants with each passing hour.
Mold spores that begin to purge on surfaces within 24 hours become visible in about 18 to 21 days of the flood. But that occurs if nothing has been done to dry the water and restore the affected surfaces.
For all these reasons, it is essential to manage water and moisture issues right after a flood incident. The quicker the cleanup and drying occur, the smaller the odds of major mold growth.
DIY or call a professional?
When there’s a lot of water in the house, hiring a water damage restoration business is the perfect way to find the house back in order fast and cost-efficiently. Restoration businesses have the ideal equipment that is needed to dry out the area quickly.
A restoration professional is critical if the home was flooded with more polluted water such as sewer. This type of water is extremely hazardous and best managed by trained and certified water damage cleanup professionals. Click here to learn more.
Additionally, if mold has started growing in the house following a flood, there is likely mold hiding in hidden areas, such as walls. Mold removal experts have the required tools to discover hidden mold in unseen locations.
For mold removal services, phone the PuroClean restoration specialists!
Mould thrives in homes and possessions and we know it — it’s our business. PuroClean offers trained and certified mold removal experts to visit your house’s rescue. For specialist mold removal services and water damage restoration, contact your regional PuroClean of Halton office today.