Does Water Damage Cause Mold?

Water damage can cause a variety of issues, particularly if it isn’t noticed or resolved straight away. As well as causing wood to warp and plaster to become loose, water damage can cause significant structural damage to property. 

However, one of the most common issues to arise following water damage is mold growth. 

There are various different types of mold that can grow within a property following a leak or flood but black mold is particularly common. This can be seen on virtually any type of material but walls, ceilings and fabrics are likely to be most affected.

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How Long Does Mold Take to Grow After Damage?

Most people assume that water damage needs to occur for an extended period of time before mold starts to grow but this simply isn’t the case. 

In fact, mold generally begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours of water damage occurring. 

What’s more – mold typically grows quickly and aggressively, so it doesn’t take long for it to take hold and spread around your property. 

Does Mold From Water Damage Make You Sick

Exposure to mold can cause a wide range of symptoms and health problems, including:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

In rare cases, more serious symptoms, such as memory loss, can occur due to mold exposure. While most people will experience allergy-related symptoms, anyone with existing health conditions, such as asthma, or a weak immune system, may notice a worsening of their existing symptoms also. 

Due to this, it’s vital to prevent mold growth in your property and to take action straight away if you notice any signs of mold taking hold. 

How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Mold is caused by excess moisture, which is why it commonly occurs after water damage. Fortunately, there are effective ways to prevent mold growth, such as:

1. Identify Leaks

Leaks are a major cause of water damage and, if left unrepaired, mold spores will quickly begin to appear. It’s easy to assume that leaks will be identifiable due to excess water appearing on the property, but this isn’t always the case. If a pipe is situated behind walls or underneath floorboards, it may take time for a slow leak to be visible, so check your property regularly and look out for subtle signs of water damage.

If mold growth occurs because of water leaking, it’s vital to resolve the original problem before removing the mold, otherwise, it will simply grow again. By repairing the leaking pipe, for example, you can stop the water damage from occurring and, therefore, prevent mold from growing. 

2. Monitor Indoor Temperatures

If a property gets too cold or damp, excess moisture can trigger mold growth. Monitoring the indoor temperature will ensure you can tell when it gets cold enough to cause a mold problem. Similarly, a humidity checker makes it easy to identify when there is excess moisture in the air and gives you an opportunity to take action. 

3. Keep Rooms Ventilated

When excess condensation or moisture causes a mold problem, keeping the room properly ventilated can help to resolve the issue. For example, opening windows regularly or using a dehumidifier will enable you to maintain an appropriate indoor temperature and reduce the risk of mold growth.

4. Inspect Your Property

If there is any way for water to enter your property, it could cause damage that leads to mold. Even water trickling down the side of your home from a broken gutter could be enough to cause dampness to penetrate the building. Similarly, loose or missing roof tiles could allow rainwater to enter the property, leading to a subsequent mold problem. 

To prevent this from happening, inspect your property regularly and undertake regular maintenance to ensure it remains in optimal condition. 

Removing Mold from Your Property

Once mold has begun to grow, it can quickly spread throughout a property. While there are household products designed to combat mold, their efficacy varies and trying to remove mold yourself could put your health at risk. 

However, professional mold removal services can ensure that all spores are contained and safely removed. 

Following mold removal, be sure to identify and resolve the original issue which caused the water damage. This will stop the mold from returning and help to keep your property safe and healthy. 

As you can see mold is an issue that is difficult to resolve, so before you get to the point where mold develops fix your water leak.

When drainage issues occur, call First Response now on 0800 063 4860 to resolve the problem swiftly and prevent mold growth from affecting your property and your family. We offer emergency repair for sump pumps in London, we also unblock toilets and sinks so water damage does not take hold of your home or business.