Water damage from flooding, leaks or even high humidity can not only compromise the structural integrity of your home but also create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Once moisture comes in contact with organic materials it can turn into a large mold infestation if not handled properly.
How long after a flood does mold grow?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold typically takes 24 to 48 hours to grow after a flood if the right conditions are met. However, it depends on the type of mold, the surfaces it is in contact with, the amount of moisture, and the temperature. As stated previously, mold thrives indoors, in darker, humid spaces. This makes your basement or crawlspace ideal. If it contains paper, wood, leather, or fabric made from natural fibers and is 70 degrees or more it will support mold growth. In general, the longer that moisture is present, the greater the chance for mold to grow and spread.
How Does Mold Cause Damage?
When mold begins to grow, it uses the surface materials as a food source. It will eat the organic materials and damage the structure. Like any basement pest, the longer the mold is allowed to eat the surface it is on, the more damage it will cause. This is why it is imperative for BLACK? Mold to be treated immediately as it will cause wood rot, feeding off your wooden floor joist. Eventually compromising the structural integrity of your home.
Is My Mold an Issue?
Beyond the potential structural damage to your home, mold can cause health issues. Mold can induce coughing, wheezing, and irritation to the skin and eyes. Similar to the materials it grows on, prolonged exposure can cause more serious problems.
If you’d like a professional evaluation of your basement mold contact ‘58 Foundations & Waterproofing for a free mold remediation inspection.