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How Long Before Mold Follows a Water Loss?

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

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Mold may start to develop within just 24 to 48 hours after water damage. It is necessary to quickly mitigate primary damage to discourage mold growth. Here are several mold prevention methods for commercial structures that have recently suffered water losses.

Dry the Affected Area

Regardless of the source, the risk of mold rises sharply after any type of water loss. A building owner or facility manager should take immediate action to remove standing water. This may involve:

  • Using buckets, brooms, mops, towels, or wet vacs
  • Pumping out water
  • Running dehumidifiers

In the aftermath of a flood or severe leak, it is advisable to contact a mitigation and restoration service. These professionals have the expertise and equipment necessary to quickly remove water and limit primary and secondary damage.

Clean or Tear Out Damaged Contents and Materials

If the source of water damage is a sewage backup, or more than 48 hours have passed since the damage occurred, it may be necessary to tear out saturated materials. The following porous contents and materials pose a high risk of mold:

  • Carpeting
  • Drywall
  • Insulation

A restoration service can determine which materials are most likely to develop mold. Seek an expert opinion if you are unsure whether contents or materials should be cleaned and dried or torn out and replaced.

Monitor the Area For Mold

Mold may still form even after moisture has been removed. Restoration experts may recommend:

  • Ventilating the area
  • Lowering humidity levels
  • Waiting for the structure to dry

Do not attempt to rebuild or restore a structure until the affected area is completely dry. Keep an eye out for any signs of mold.

These methods may help to prevent mold growth following a flood or leak in a commercial structure in Zebulon, NC. If you have any questions or concerns, contact a water damage mitigation service that specializes in mold prevention.

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