How Fast Does Mold Grow Inside after a Flood?
Another beautiful Rockford summer is nearly here – meaning the mercury is on the rise, and Mother Nature is creating prime conditions for mold growth (although, we want to note that contrary to popular belief, mold really can grow year-round). Buildings have so many nooks and crannies, it is very easy for water or moisture to gather in an unseen area in an attic or wall cavity, and mold to start to grow.
Mold Grows Quickly!
Some experts believe mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours where standing water is present. Of course, mold grows best in places that are warm, damp and humid. Environmental factors like temperature and air movement play a prominent role in the potential growth. This is what it is important to get a professional water restoration company, like Perfection Property Restoration, into the space quickly. Crews will start the drying process immediately after a flood or other water loss, often even before the insurance adjuster arrives on site.
Mold Can Grow Anywhere
Like we mentioned above, mold can grow just about anywhere there is moisture. Think about roof leaks especially after heavy rains, leaky windows and doors, leaking pipes, sewer backups or overflows, damp basements and crawl spaces, condensation on cold surfaces like basement walls, and the list goes on and on. Standing water from a flood can also cause mold growth if the space is not quickly dried and properly cleaned.
Bleach is NOT the Answer
Spraying bleach on mold is not a recommended way of dealing with the problem. You cannot kill mold in that sense, because dead mold spores and just as dangerous as life ones. Mold is mold, and can be toxic in both forms.
The best restoration companies abide by detailed industry standards for work like mold removal. This means there are best practices established industry-wide, and the process is proven to work time and time again. There are very effective chemicals, antimicrobials, and other products used during the mold removal and remediation process to be sure the spores are gone for good, and not going to grow back in the same place, or elsewhere.
Yes, Mold IS Related to Health Issues for Some
Not every person is susceptible to mold-related illnesses, but some are, and the effects can be serious. The main mold-related illness is called Chronic Inflammatory Disease, and it is the direct result of exposure to mold spores. Research shows about 25% of people are genetically predisposed to CIRS. Beyond CIRS, mold spores can also trigger asthma flare-ups, rashes, cough, and other physical responses.
Worried About Mold? Don’t Wait to Act
In many cases, the remediation may be handled by your homeowners insurance. However, if you have standing water in your home, don’t wait to get a hold of the insurance company. A professional, like someone at Perfection, can walk you through what the cleanup process will look like and get the ball rolling before a mold problem can arise.