Following a water loss, time is of the essence in regards to avoiding secondary damage, which can include mold growth. Prolonged exposure to excessive moisture enables microbes to flourish. If any water damaged environment is not promptly and properly restored, many environmental microbes, such as odor-causing bacteria and fungi will colonize, grow, and amplify on building materials. These microbes will eventually contaminate the indoor air and may create health risks for those live or where there.
There are five growing conditions that are requirements for mold growth. Altering or removing one or more of these conditions best obtains effective elimination and prevention. These conditions are:
The bottom line is this, upon discovering you have water problem in your home or business, the dry out process should begin immediately. Under normal conditions, mold growth can become evident after only 48 hours. Not only can this increase the claims cost, but can also have adverse health effects on the occupants.