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How Quickly Can Mold Grow in My Spartanburg Facility?

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Black Mold on White Ceiling Untreated water intrusion and/or humidity issues can lead to mold issues in your commercial building

If you have water damage/intrusion to your structure in Spartanburg County, you are probably wondering if you will soon have mold in your facility. The answer is probably yes if you don't take action right away to mitigate the damage. To help you prepare just in case you are faced with mold exposure, here is some information about mold growth.

What Causes Mold To Grow?

Mold needs only a few ingredients to thrive:

  • Water
  • Oxygen
  • Food (organic material like wood)
  • Suitable temperature

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once moisture from a ceiling leak begins to accumulate, black mold and other mold types can start growing in 24 to 48 hours. Mold spores are present in most environments and travel by air currents and water. They can also hitch a ride on clothing and fur. They can survive in conditions that don't support mold growth. Once they find moisture, it doesn't take long for them to settle in and thrive, forming colonies known as mycelium.

How Can I Prevent Mold Growth?

Once you know you have a roof leak in your building, act right away to identify the source and stop water from entering. A professional mold remediation company can help you by inspecting the damage and finding hidden sources of water. If mold is detected, technicians will isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and/or negative air chambers. They will use vacuums and other specialized equipment and antimicrobial agents to prevent the spread of mold spores.

If surfaces have been contaminated by mold, technicians will use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to remove colonies. Any porous materials that are too damaged, such as carpeting or drywall, can be removed and replaced. If your facility needs significant repairs, areas can be remodeled and reconstructed.

If you suspect your facility's roof in Spartanburg County has been compromised, it's best to call for help right away to prevent potential mold damage. Call us at 864-576-2430 for help today!

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