How Fast Can Mold Spread Throughout a Home?
The bad news is that mold can be found almost anywhere, and it thrives off of moisture. Mold prefers an environment that has little to no air circulation, dim lighting, and an average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold spores travel through the air, attach themselves to any damp surface, and then begin attacking the surface of the material they adhere to. This is one of many reasons why it is imperative for a property owner to quickly contact a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz if they have experienced a fire or flood in their home and/or business.
Mold begins growing immediately after the spores have adhered to an item. It is not uncommon for mold to begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours, and a mold infestation can colonize within 1 to 14 days. In most instances, the mold infestation has already become an issue before it is discovered. This makes mold spores exceptionally hard to destroy, and it will occasionally return even after the source of the mold has been removed. This is another reason why it is so important to contact a professional mold remediation company for a permanent and appropriate solution.
Mold prefers to grow on damp, cellulose materials. However, property owners should bear in mind that mold can still grow even after a moisture problem has been remedied. Mold is capable of going dormant and surviving even when moisture is not present. While it is dormant, it will continue to feed off of materials like ceiling tiles, sheetrock, carpet, wall paper, paints, wood, and upholstery.
If you have a mold infestation in your home or business, it is the not the kind of problem that should be ignored. Instead, you need to make a call to trusted mold experts like the staff at SERVPRO of Hollywood Hills/Los Feliz. We specialize in emergency services such as, water damage, extraction, flood cleanups, and mold remediation.