The Link Between Water Damage and Mold
While it may come as a surprise to most people the truth is, if you have water damage and do not address it immediately, you will have mold. This is true 100% of the time.
Mold has been around since the beginning of time and is a necessary part of the eco system playing a very important role in nature and science. While some mold is good for the environment, other mold in large concentrations can wreak havoc in your home.
When it comes to water damage and mold, the link is undeniable. Mold needs the following to grow at an accelerated rate;
- A food source (which is everything and anything you can think of – even dust!)
- Water or high levels of humidity (high levels of humidity produce enough water in the air for mold to grow)
- Limited/Poor Ventilation (inadequate ventilation provides an opportunity for condensation to occur with no ability for the water to dissipate through the air)
When most people hear the phrase “water damage” the first thing that comes to mind is a flood or a burst pipe. However, what you need to remember is …
“Water damage in world of mold means any situation which can cause increased amounts of water to be present in areas of your home where things shouldn’t be wet. High humidity and excessive condensation on walls, window sills, attics, kitchens and bathrooms is considered to be water damage.”
The most alarming fact about mold growth is, if you have water damage, it only takes 48 hours for mold to start growing. The longer you leave the problem, the more invasive the mold growth.
So remember, be diligent and avoid mold issues by preventing and addressing water damage in your home.