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How Fast Can Mold Grow After Water Damage?

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

The rate at which mold grows depends on several factors.

Mold is a natural and essential aspect of our biological environment. However, it can also present a severe hazard when spores attach to a damp surface and begin to colonize.

Mold “colonies” can grow on just about any organic material once it has been saturated, including many materials commonly found inside the home. Commonly affected surfaces include wood, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, cardboard, carpets, drywall, fabric, and insulation.

Typically, mold will thrive in any area that is damp, dark, and warm. The rate at which it grows depends on several factors, including surface, temperature, humidity, and mold species. According to the EPA and the CDC, a general rule of thumb is that mold can start to develop on surfaces within 24 to 48 hours of water exposure. 

If left untreated, even minor water damage can quickly turn into an aggressive mold infestation. You should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly immediately if you suspect your property may be at risk. 

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