How Quickly Does Mold Spread?
Updated: Jan 20
Once a mold colony has taken root, it can quickly spread to other parts of your home or business. In fact, by the time a mold colony has gotten big enough to become visible, it’s almost certain that it has spread considerably.
Because mold spreads quickly, it’s important to stop mold dead in its tracks as soon as you recognize that there may be a problem. Not to worry though—if you call My Pure Environment, your mold issue can be resolved in as little as a few hours. Other companies could take days, and leave you with a hefty remodeling bill to boot. If you have mold, contact us to see how we can help.
How long does it take for mold to grow?
Mold colonies will increase in size fastest on drywall and plaster. In fact, mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after drywall has suffered water damage. Even a modest sized colony can spread to other areas within a few hours. Mold spores can be transported via direct contact or by air currents, and take root elsewhere as long as the environmental conditions are right for growth.
Wet carpet can also provide ideal conditions for mold growth. Mold can grow within a day or two of a carpet becoming sufficiently wet. Please note that simply drying the carpet does not eliminate the potential for mold growth. Wet carpet needs to be treated with an antifungal solution to stop mold from developing after floods or spills.
What can I do to stop mold from growing/spreading?
The best thing to do is address the problem as soon as you recognize it. You can also take steps to prevent mold from taking root in the first place. The three main factors that control mold growth are moisture, temperature, and food sources.
The most easily controllable of these factors is moisture. Be sure to regulate the humidity in your home. Keeping it below 45% and ideally at around 35% should help prevent mold from growing and spreading.
The best way to stop mold in its tracks is to call My Pure Environment!
Our patented dry fog technology completely eliminates mold in as little as four hours. We’ll go through your Santa Clara home or office room by room, purifying the air and all surfaces until your home is completely mold free.
We offer free online quotes and free virtual inspections. Call us today to schedule an appointment with our Santa Clara mold pros. We also service San Francisco, California.
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