If you’ve ever had to deal with water damage in your home, chances are that you have often wondered if the water damage would inevitably lead to mold. Even when homeowners take preventative measures, they may still be worried about finding mold in their homes later on!
The truth is that it isn’t always the case that water damage leads to mold. But understanding why this happens can give insight into the perfect course of action for dealing with any kind of water disaster. Luce Air Quality is dedicated to helping you understand how to best navigate through any sort of water damage event!
The Relationship Between Water Damage and Mold
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold is defined as “a fungal growth that forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter,” and additionally, “Indoors, molds need moisture and a carbon source from building materials or building contents to grow.”
But does water damage always result in mold growth? Chances are, unless the moisture caused by water damage is immediately dried and the source of the water damage is fixed, the possibility of mold growth is pretty high — regardless of the severity of the damage!
As stated by the Environmental Protection Agency, some basic points to know regarding indoor mold growth include:
- The key to mold control is moisture control
- Try to keep indoor humidity levels low and increase ventilation/airflow
- If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem
- It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth
- The longer mold grows, the more damage it can cause
If left untreated, mold growth resulting from water damage can lead to potential health problems and allergic reactions. And this is where a professional should step in!
Trust in Luce Air Quality
If you suspect your home or business could contain traces of mold due to water damage, Luce Air Quality is here to help! From our thorough mold investigations to our healthy building checkups, you can rest assured that our team of certified indoor environmental experts will solve all of your air quality problems quickly and effectively.