How Fast Does Mold Grow After A Water Leak?

Winter is coming. And here in Spokane, Washington, that means the potential for winter water leaks is about to go up. So you could find yourself in a situation where there’s a pool of water on your floor and you’re not sure how long it’s been there. If that’s the case, you may be wondering how fast you need to act to keep mold from growing after a water leak.

My Pure Environment’s new location in Spokane, WA offers all the same great services as our original location. We offer mold testing, mold inspection, and our patented Dry Fog mold remediation. In today’s post we will answer a common question we hear from clients: “how fast does mold grow in walls and on floors after a water leak?”

How Fast Does Mold Grow?

After a flood event, such as a water leak resulting from a burst pipe, you typically have between 24 and 48 hours before mold can take root and start to grow. If the moisture problem isn’t dealt with, the mold colony can reproduce and spread at a rate of about one square inch per day. Within a week, mold colonies can cover an area of several square feet.

This means that if you find a leak, you’ll need to deal with it quickly. In the past, we’ve discussed whether or not you can or should try to deal with a mold problem on your own. You can read what we have to say about it here.

For most mold infestations, you’ll want to contact a professional to assess the scope of the problem, and determine the best course of action to remedy the situation. The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from taking root in the first place.

Mold Remediation and Testing in Spokane, Washington

At My Pure Environment, we specialize in mold remediation, mold inspection, and mold testing. Our remediation process is non-invasive and kills mold on contact. We also offer the only mold remediation program with a one-year guarantee! Contact us today for your free consultation.

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