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Why Calling SERVPRO for a water damage is important

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage from flooding, leaks, or high humidity can not only compromise the integrity of your home and its contents but also cause mold growth. A mold infestation can occur quickly after water damage, making restoration more challenging. The presence of even a small amount of moisture in a building can create a large mold infestation if not handled properly.

Mold spores – tiny airborne particles that are not visible to the naked eye – exist everywhere in nature, and they can grow into visible mold after a water damage incident. A home infested with mold can cause health effects for the occupants. Those with problems of breathing caused by allergies or asthma can also suffer health effects from mold exposure.

However, you can avoid mold growth in your home if you act fast. All it takes is eliminating the moisture before mold has had the chance to start growing. But how quickly does mold grow after a flood or moisture problem?

How long after a flood does mold grow?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold typically grows 48 to 72 hours after a flood or water leak if the right conditions are met. However, it depends on the type of surfaces and materials, amount of moisture, and temperature. Indoors, mold generally grows faster on softer surfaces in darker, warmer (70 degrees or more), and more humid environments.

The chance for mold spores to spread from one area to another also increases with time. These microorganisms can quickly fill the air and spread throughout your home, affecting more and more areas with every passing hour.

Mold spores that start to colonize on surfaces within 24 hours become visible in about 18 to 21 days of the flooding. But that happens if nothing has been done to dry the water and restore the affected surfaces.

For these reasons, it’s essential to deal with water and moisture issues as soon as you have a flooding incident. The faster the cleanup and drying take place, the smaller the chances of major mold growth.

If you have had a flood or water damage in your home or place of business call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties - 830-379-7474

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