As we’ve discussed before, there are 3 Categories of Water when referring to flooding.
If a flooding situation isn’t dealt with immediately, Category 1 Water will change to Category 2. It takes only 48-72 hours for your situation to go from bad to worse and only 48 hours for Category 2 Water to change to Category 3!
What’s In Your Sewage Water?
Category 3 Water is considered to be grossly contaminated sewage water and can contain the following commonly found viruses:
- Rota Viruses;
- Hepatitis A;
- Adenovirus and;
- Gestural Intestinal Virus.
It’s Not All Bad!
If caught in time, items like carpet, furniture and certain belongings can be salvaged when exposed to Category 1 Water!
Just another reason to act quickly when flooding or seepage starts!
A lot of people ask us how long it takes mold to grow after a recent water incident; this is the most common question that arises in a persons mind after a leak.
I am preparing this information for home owners, realtors, and future potential clients who are looking for a mold specialist to answer such questions.
If you have the water extracted and the moisture properly dried out by professional remediators or carpet drying specialists in the first 24 to 48 hours after a leak you may likely be ok. It takes mold 24 hours to start to grow under ideal conditions. High cellulose products such as drywall grow mold very quick, many older carpets with dirt as a food source start smelling moldy after being wet just a short period of time. The above refers to small amounts of mold growth, and the mold may only be at the microscopic levels after a few days. It may be a week or two before it grows to the extent that it is visible to the naked eye as spots on drywall or carpet pads. Of course, mold being a living organism with it’s own agenda is not going to follow what I say in this blog and thus their will be exceptions.
Proper drying is important.
What is most important is how fast and how well the flooded areas are dried. Many times a person will think that moisture was removed when in fact enough moisture was left behind to allow mold to start growing. If a minor amount of moisture is lingering inside the wall cavities, behind the baseboards, in the carpet, or under the carpet padding it will likely be weeks before it all dries up, by that time the mold starts forming as visible spots on your walls.
Some restoration and carpet cleaning companies will focus efforts on drying the room that flooded and may neglect nearby rooms where water flowed hidden inside wall cavities and under carpet or even tile. Before you realize the dry out was not done properly you may have white, green, or black mold spots showing
up; you may also detect mold odors and you will likely have mold capable of causing allergic or asthma related reactions in persons who are prone to such reactions.
How to properly dry out a property.
Proper drying often involves discarding wet carpets and carpet pads (underlay) because they trap moisture and hamper drying. If the flood was extensive, it will be helpful to remove the baseboards because these baseboards can trap water and prevent proper drying; in more extreme cases a few holes can be cut in the walls to allow wet air to escape and dry air to enter the wall cavities.
The use of wet vacs to remove standing water, fans to move air, and dehumidifiers to dry the air are crucial. Without dehumidifiers to dry the air you are simply moving wet air with fans and this is of little or no benefit. If you can dry your air with dehumidifiers and maintain humidity levels between 30% RH and 50% RH it will help everything else in the area dry faster.
It is always best to contact a professional when you have water intrusion of any type, pipe break, overland flooding, sewer backups, seepage and more. If you experience flooding of any type call us for the advice you need in order to prevent further damage to your property. 1-888-909-MOLD (6653)