How Quickly Does Mold Grow After Water Damage?

One of the most troublesome jobs associated with your home treatment is mold growth. Unfortunately, in almost in every part of your home that exposure by water damage will be the best spot for mold to grow. Therefore, you should beware that mold growth is faster than you can imagine. So, doing an early prevention and dealing with the problem as soon as it’s discovered is very important.

Beware of Mold Due to Water Exposure

You 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 mycotoxins to cause even serious health problems. The typical symptoms from mold exposure reported, including respiratory problem (wheezing, asthma), eye irritation (watery, burning, redness), nose or throat irritation (sneezing, bloody noses), skin irritation (rashes), nervous system (headaches, mood changes, even memory loss), and other aches or pains.

How Quickly Does Mold Grow After Water Damage?

How to Stop Mold Growth?

Now you known how quickly does mold grow after water damage, so it’s going to be better if you do an early prevention. Why? Because the spores are difficult to destroy that they won’t stop to grow until you take a step to eliminate the source of water exposure. Mold even often return after the source has gone. Here, you should effectively deal to control moisture and mold growth by doing these following steps.

1. Stop the water damage

Mold will grow on the water damage areas due to roof or plumbing leaks, flooding, sewage back-up, flooding sinks or bathtub overflows, damp basement or crawl space, high humidity areas like from humidifiers, steam cooking, and dryer vents. What you should do is:

- 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 to

slope away in order to keep the basement and crawl spaces dry, so the water seepage (like from rain water or outdoors sources) can’t flow in.

- In crawlspaces, cover dirt with plastic to prevent the coming-out moisture from the ground.
- 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 dehumidifiers, air conditioners, fans, or by

opening the windows. However, DO NOT use fans or let wind to blow inside your home when mold already exist to prevent the spores spreading.

- Insulate the cold surfaces to reduce condensation.
- Change your carpets with man-made fibers materials that moisture prone.
- Always keep the fabrics dry and store in well ventilated areas.

3. Routinely check potential moldy spots and disinfect it with 10% solution of bleach (11/4 or 11/2 cup of bleach to a gallon of water or commercial disinfectant).
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.