Water damage is one of the most common and costly problems homeowners face. Each year, water damage causes billions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. Water damage can occur from a variety of sources, including leaks, floods, storms, and broken pipes. While most water damage is covered by insurance, some damage, such as that caused by floods, may not be covered. Water damage can cause a variety of problems, including mold, rot, and property damage. In addition, water damage can lead to health problems, such as respiratory illnesses.
Let’s look at how fast mold can grow after your house has suffered water damage.
How Fast Does Mold Grow?
Mold can grow very quickly after water damage occurs. In fact, mold can grow anywhere from overnight to several weeks. The speed of mold growth depends on a number of factors, including the amount of water that was present in the area where the damage occurred, how wet the surface was when the water entered, and the type of mold.
The time it takes for mold to start to grow depends on the type of mold, the temperature, and the amount of moisture in the area. For example, mold can start to grow within 24 hours on porous materials, such as wood and drywall, if the temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and there is a lot of moisture.
Mold can also start to grow within 48 hours on non-porous materials, such as plastic and metal if the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and there is a lot of moisture. The time it takes for mold to start to grow can also be affected by the type of water that is present. For example, mold can start to grow more quickly if the water is from a sewage backup or flooding.
While it is impossible to estimate exactly how long it will take for mold to grow in an area affected by water damage, be prepared for it to take at least a few days for significant levels of mold growth to occur. If you experience any symptoms or problems related to mold growth (e.g., bad smell, respiratory problems), contact your insurance company or a qualified professional immediately. Here are some of the factors that affect how fast mold growth can occur in your house.
The Time the Water Has Been There
If the water has been in the area for a long time, it is more likely that mold will have already begun to grow. For example, if a leak in your home has been left unattended for a month, it is likely that mold has already begun to grow in the affected area. If the water is coming from a sewer line or other contaminated source, it is also more likely that mold will have already begun to grow in the affected area.
Temperature – Mold grows more quickly in warm, humid environments. If the temperature of the water is warm, the humidity is high, or both, the chances of mold growth are increased.
Amount of Water – The more water that is present, the greater the chance of mold growth. If the water is coming from a broken pipe or another large source, the chances of mold growth are increased.
Type of Surface – Some surfaces are more likely to support mold growth than others. For example, porous surfaces such as wood, paper, and drywall are more likely to support mold growth than non-porous surfaces such as metal and glass.
Mold can grow very quickly from water damage if the conditions are right. Mold loves warm, moist environments, so if your home has recently been flooded or had a leak, it’s important to check for mold growth as soon as possible. If you do find mold, it’s essential to clean it up immediately and dry out the area to prevent further growth.
Don’t let mold grow uncontrollably in your home. It’s best to call the experts at Rapid Restoration and let our team take care of all your restoration needs. We are a certified water and fire damage restoration contractor serving the community of Cartersville and surrounding areas. Whether you need mold remediation or storm restoration services, our team is the one to call. Contact us today for emergency services.