It is common knowledge that mold is influenced by the amount of humidity and moisture in the air but what is not common knowledge is how long does it take for mold to begin growing in damp places? From personal accounts of mold inspection, Citrus Springs homes that have been supersaturated for two to three days show minimum indication of microbial growth. According to the EPA though, it has publicized that mold growth can be present twenty four to forty eight hours after water and moisture has been has been dried or removed.
Observations From Mold Remediators
Dealing with mold can be a fickle thing as is known all too well by mold inspectors and mold remediators. Even though the EPA claims that mold can start anywhere from twenty four to forty eight hours with the right amount of moisture, This is not an end all be all rule with mold inspection. Citrus Spring mold inspectors have learned that the type of mold contamination greatly affects the amount of time spores will grow as well as the food that they live off of. The mold that is typically found in homes is know as saprophytic mold that lives off of decaying dead organic material such as tree derivatives like wood, paper, and drywall.
Mycologist Mold Experiments
Mycologists are considered mold experts as they are scientists who are primarily concerned with fungi and their biology. In a controlled lab setting, some mycologists were able to germinate mold spore within a few hours of being exposed to a decent amount of moisture. Although it does grow quickly, at this point it would not be detected in a mold inspection. Citrus Springs mold inspector and remediators would need to wait about three days (seventy two hours) for them to physically be able to see a colony of mold. Now these time estimates are based off a fast growing type of mold, making it possible to have slower growing varieties present in your home without being able to see them.
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