How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow After a Flood?
Probably for some, living in Florida is like living in paradise, while for others it is the other way around, especially if they are living in a flood-prone area where a storm or hurricane may hit anytime.
Whenever the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues a storm warning, the first thing that may pop into your mind may be one of the worst things that occur after a storm—mold. Molds are the tiny, lightweight spores that thrive on moisture and travel through the air. Some consider them a paradox of nature, while others view them as a menace.
Mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a wet or watery spot in your home, they can reproduce exponentially and be potentially harmful to anyone’s health, especially for people with respiratory problems. However, this can be prevented by getting to know more about their nature and how to cope with them.
First off, know how long it takes for mold to grow after a flood. Scientifically, the most accepted theory is that they grow from 24 to 48 hours after an object or surface has become wet. This is the reason why when you spot mold on a part of your house or when you have classified your house to be mold-prone, a mold removal company can help you decide and remove it at the earliest possible time.
Areas Prone to Mold after Flooding
Water is a major factor in the growth of molds. All areas of the house that have been covered by a flood are potential mold growing spots. Several things or objects such as wallpaper, drywall, carpet, wood, and many others are the perfect food for mold.
How to Prevent a Mold Outbreak After Your Home Floods
Professionals are equipped with the right equipment and devices to handle your mold problem. Your next-door plumbers or all-around guy don’t have this specialty equipment. The first thing professionals do is checking all mold-infested areas of your property. They will then remove all the water, usually using a pump. Every part of the house where they can find water, including under the floor tiles or carpet, behind the walls and behind baseboards, will be dried.
Water Restoration experts have special dryers in all the right places before the molds start to grow and develop. When your house investment is at risk of water damage, it is always a smart thing to call in the professionals especially if you have doubts about how to deal with the mold situation on your own.
Professional mold testing companies use mold testing to determine if you have a mold problem. Though you can buy the kit over the counter, the testing itself is recommended to be performed by qualified mold professionals. They can give you the proper and accurate results for your mold problem.
If you suspect or notice molds, such as a musty smell or mold exposure symptoms, mold testing can:
As per Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), any moldy areas less than 10 square feet (about 3 feet by 3 feet) can be remediated by the homeowner, but beyond that, it is better to call in the remediation contractor for safety and health concerns, especially for homeowners or residents.
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