An advanced mold infestation is pretty obvious. It stinks and it looks bad. No one wants that in their house, and everyone knows that damp conditions fosters mold. Still, right after your house suffers some water intrusion, like a leak or a flood, you have a lot of other things on your mind. A flood can make a mess, and you wind up spending a lot of time cleaning up. You might be tempted to skip the mold test. There are, however, some really good reasons to have mold testing after a water leak or flooding.
Reason 1: It takes very little time for mold to grow.
Under the ideal conditions of damp and warm, mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours. If you have thick carpet that takes a while to dry, especially if it is old and has a little dirt to feed the mold, you can have quite a colony shortly. It can be difficult to get every drop dried after water has sneaked behind the baseboards and between walls, too. Given the speed of growth and the difficulty in making sure everything is dry, mold testing is practically a given.
Reason 2: It might not take much to set off allergies.
Mold is an allergen and an irritant, and everyone has a different level of susceptibility to mold. Children under 1 might be more sensitive, and some people are really allergic to it. Plus, it’s hard to guess how much an individual is actually ingesting. How much gets in the air and gets swallowed depends on a lot of factors. Babies, for instance, with their tendency to stick everything in their mouths, would get a lot of exposure even when there aren’t a lot of spores on the ground.
Reason 3: Mold is sneaky. It can hide out in soggy padding under carpets, in air diffusers, and under furniture. You can think that you dried up everything from your last leak or flood, but puddles have a way of spreading out and wicking up walls. The spores can then grow without you even seeing it.
If you have recently had a leak or flood, contact us. We are licensed mold inspectors here in New York, and we can help you detect mold quickly.