A home can flood for numerous reasons. Monsoon season in the area can bring torrential rainfall that can quickly overcome some basements and lower levels. Other times your home may flood include when a sewer or drain backs up, when a toilet or tub overflows or when an outdoor spigot is left on for several days. Any standing water, particularly water that is in a room or space with low airflow, can quickly cause mold and mildew on porous and even nonporous surfaces. Here is how much time you have to get the water removed yourself or with professional help before this fungi will start taking over your home.
Mold and mildew are both types of fungi, which are tiny organisms that thrive in warm, humid spaces. While they serve a vital purpose in some places, such as in their ability to help leaves decay and fertilize the ground, they are nothing but a nuisance and a health hazard when found within the home. When standing water is not cleaned up quickly, mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours. Once they begin to grow, they reproduce quickly, causing rapid growth and spread to adjacent areas.
Mold growth is particularly rampant in homes that have flooding along with electrical outages. This is because the lack of circulation and air conditioning creates a very humid, warm and dark space, which is perfect for the growth of fungus. While some mold can occasionally be removed with a bit of elbow grease, particularly on nonporous surfaces, you will most often need a professional water damage restoration service for the best and most thorough results.
Damage from mold and mildew can affect nearly any area of your home, including drywall, carpet, upholstery, wood, insulation and ceiling tiles. Not only will mold damage lower the value of your home and create a horrible odor and color, but also it can cause significant respiratory problems, such as allergies and difficulty breathing for some. To limit damage to your precious belongings, you must take quick steps to remove water and remediate damage that has already occurred. If mold and mildew have already taken hold of part of your home, you will need a professional company to remove and repair those damaged areas. Rocky Mountain Restoration can restore both homes and businesses following water damage from flooding.
If you have Flood Damage in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area and need to get your home or business restored before you get mold or any other water damage call us today!