How Fast Does Mold Grow?
Mold growth is a process that includes three distinct phases. In the first two days after water damage occurs, mold begins its initial germination and growth. Between the third and the twelfth day, the spores begin to colonize within the structure. Then, between 18 and 21 days after the initial water damage, the growth becomes visible as it spreads across the structure.
It’s important to remember mold is incredibly active and damaging even when you can't easily see it. In those first two weeks after water damage, it is rapidly growing and spores spread through the air. This can lead to more extensive damage, and it’s also what causes long-term health problems for those who get exposed. Time is of the essence when you need to combat growth, which is why you need to respond in the first 24 to 48 hours.
No one wants water damage in the home. But, when water damage occurs, it’s important to act quickly to address it and restore a home or other structure to its former condition. Not only is this a good idea because it brings peace of mind to the victims of water damage — but it’s also important to prevent mold growth and the long-term mold growth presents.
When a pipe bursts, a roof leaks or a home otherwise floods due to a natural disaster, mold growth is the natural outcome of standing water and water-logged flooring, walls, and furniture. Growth, of course, poses a threat to the home, belongings and the health of anyone who spends time inside it. But how fast does mold grow after water damage? Here’s a look at everything you need to know about its growth and related health problems.
How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Walls After Water Damage
What is the best way to prevent mold growth and its related health problems? The process for stopping mold in its tracks is relatively simple and includes just two steps:
- Remove the water: Moisture in a structure is what facilitates mold growth, and it’s not enough to simply open the windows and let a home air out. To prevent growth, you need to actively remove moistures from carpets, walls and furniture using professional equipment and tactics.
- Dry everything: After removing standing and excess water, it’s time to dry everything out. This includes furniture, baseboards, carpet pads and more. If you fail to fully dry everything exposed to water damage, the remaining water can lead to growth.
Contact ServiceMaster of Lincoln Park
At ServiceMaster of Lincoln Park, we provide the tools and equipment needed to fully prevent growth and restore your home or other structure to its previous condition. We understand that damage of this nature is an urgent situation for you, and we respond with the urgency the situation demands. If you have questions about water damage, growth, and related health problems, we’re here to answer them. Contact us today.