The first question water damage restoration companies typically get from homeowners after a flood is ‘will there be mold?’. As we all know, Tyler, Whitehouse and other surrounding cities have been pounded the last few days. There are a lot of misconceptions out there when it comes to mold, I will try to address a few in this article.
The biggest concern we have is time. Time is our enemy. The good news is that even though many biologists will say mold begins to grow within 24 hours, in the real world it is more like 5 to 18 days before you see actual growth coming through something like sheetrock.
The vast number of water damages we see never experience any mold growth. Mold growth usually only happens when no one is living in the house and the home stayed wet for an extended period of time. That said, the faster you contact a water damage mitigation company the less likely it is you will have damage to baseboards, sheetrock, furniture etc.
If there is mold found in the house, breathe easy (pun intended). The majority of the time the mold we find here in East Texas is not the supposedly dangerous kind. Over the years we have sent off hundreds of samples to labs and the results usually show growth of molds we breathe in all the time in East Texas. Yes, we have seen a few cases of Stachybotrys chartarum aka black mold but it is fairly rare.
Another tidbit of information is that mold toxins at indoor environmental levels have never been shown scientifically to cause any illness. However, good luck selling your home with mold growth, not to mention the odor is just plain nasty. So don’t stress, call a water damage expert as soon as it floods and you should be good to go.