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It’s just an old water loss – Why do we have to go through all this effort and expense ?
The age of a water intrusion is a determining factor in mold’s ability to thrive. An area that is allowed to remain wet – or is repetitively wet – is a more likely candidate for mold development. Even though dried, an area with visible evidence of water intrusion is likely to have some mold development within the wall structure – well out of sight.
Mold, once developed, is well equipped to provide for itself. Even when conditions change and mold is not allowed to grow, mold does not die – it goes dormant - waiting for conditions to become favorable for it to grow once again.
A water impact to new materials and a fresh loss takes time for mold to begin to develop. The timeframe of the response to wet conditions is important in the ability of mold to begin to develop. Delaying the drying time will produce mold in short order.
Some molds can begin to develop in a couple of days. Others take much longer. Part of how we can date a loss is through the types of mold we find that have begun to develop within the loss. Once the moisture goes away, and if it does so in reasonably short time, mold can not develop. Once mold has developed, however, it remains – waiting for more moisture to start where it left off when it dried. An old mold growth is also more likely to release spores as it dries. This is one way that mold can ‘look” for moisture to promote growth. It is also the main source of our physical reactions to mold.
An old water loss that was not dried properly is most likely have mold, and contain mold in waiting, waiting for the right conditions to exist to begin right were it left off before it went dormant. A repeated or continual loss in a limited location can be one of the most heavily involved microbial contaminations. An old loss that gets wet once again can have mold development within hours – if it had been dormant in the area before the new loss. This is why it’s important to fully identify an area of loss and fully deal with the area during the initial remediation efforts.
The proper drying and remediation of a water loss is the only insurance you have against mold growth. Once it has developed, mold is always going to be there – dormant – looking to begin anew with the next elevated moisture event.
The differences -
• A new loss can be properly
dried with no fear of mold
• An old loss is capable of active
mold growth within hours in the
event of a secondary loss within
the same area.
• Take care of ALL water losses
properly and the probability of
mold development can be
• Delaying proper drying will
allow water losses to begin
mold development and the
likelihood of more intrusive
and expensive remediation is
in your future.