How Quickly Does Mold Grow After Water Damage?
Beware of Mold Due to Water ExposureYou may wonder about how quickly does mold grow after water damage, don’t you? According to US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), mold grows the best on a damp surface. Mold also likes to grow in the areas with dim lighting, very low air circulation, temperatures are 68°F or level of humidity is higher than 50%. Only within 24 to 48 hours, they can start reproducing, especially once they find water exposure on the surface. How they reproduce? Mold starts reproducing by spores that travel through the air and then attached to an item. Their spores come in form like tiny and lightweight seeds which you can only see it microscopically. Soon, mold will colonize in 1 to 12 days that you can easily spot them.
Why we should beware of mold growth? The reason is because mold eating away the organic materials they grow at once they are exposed by water damage. Henceforth, mold will destroy your home structures like ceiling, tiles, drywall, or others eventually. The worse is when mold starts spreading to destroy adjacent organic materials in your home.
The most important reason why you should get rid of mold problem as soon as possible is because they can cause mild to severe health issues in the right conditions and high concentrations. Some molds are known allergens like causing eye, skin, and respiratory problems, and some others can produce harmful
How to Stop Mold Growth?Now you
1. Stop the water damage
Mold will grow
- Fix all those leaking pipes or roofs that might be caused water damaged
- Always check taps or faucets so there won’t be water overflows from sinks or bathtubs
- Always drain away the gutters or the roof from rain water and ground around your house
- Replace your building materials with water-resistances materials, especially in high water exposure areas such as tiles, concrete, carpeting, wallboard, etc.
2. Always keep the areas dry and clean
- Reduce the moisture in the air below 40% with
- Insulate the cold surfaces to reduce condensation.
- Change your carpets with man-made
- Always keep the fabrics dry and store in well ventilated areas.
3. Routinely check potential moldy spots and disinfect it with
Preventing the mold to grow can help you to reduce any harm, both for your home or your health, in the future. So, start discovering the potential moldy spot from now on before the mold spread in the greater areas.