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How long does it take for mold to grow after water damage?

It may surprise you to discover that mold growth can occur in as little as 24 hours after home water damage occurs. Black mold takes longer to grow, but even that can grow in as little as a week. The reason why home mold growth can happen so quickly is because mold spores are already in your home. They are just waiting for the proper conditions to start growing and spreading. This is why it's so important to take the proper steps to prevent mold growth from the onset. Remember, it's always cheaper to avoid mold growth than it is to have to clean it up later. The longer you leave mold in your home uncorrected, the more it will spread and the more costly it will become.

These are just a few steps that you can take to help stave off mold growth:

  • Reduce indoor humidity with a dehumidifier
  • Stop leaking water right away, clean up the affected area and dry it out
  • Call in an emergency plumber if you have a home pipe burst
  • Regulate home temperature to minimize condensation
  • Increase whole home air circulation
  • Ensure landscaping is not encouraging water to pool around your home
  • Keep an eye out for hidden leaks in your home
  • Do not run exhaust fans in the winter
  • Repair any foundation cracks or basement wall leaks
  • Minimize material for mold growth in your basement by removing carpeting and drywall
  • Use a vapor barrier in your basement crawl spaces
  • Ensure your home is properly ventilated
  • Avoid moisture build up in your laundry room and bathrooms

If you have any questions regarding mold growth in your home, let us know and we would be happy to send a mold specialist out to evaluate your mold issue and get it resolved. For more information on home mold removal, call USA Water and Fire Restoration Service LLC today at 1 (800) 501-3046.

Additional resources:
The journey of a mold spore
How to recover after a home flood
Fighting mold growth
Getting your home back together after a flood
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