Everyone knows that smell when places are just old or musty. It’s like they weren’t cleaned for a while. The question is, what if your home smells like that one day? Is it because your carpets went bad in 24 hours since it wasn’t there the day before? This is usually not the case. When that happens, you may have moldy carpets from flood water or leaks on your floors.

If Water Damage Occurs

An item among the highest priorities regarding water damage is to handle it fast. It doesn’t matter if you had damages because of leaky pipes, or if it was more severe. If the water spread to your carpets and wasn’t managed professionally, you will notice damage occurring right under your feet. Mold is developing in your carpeting and you should handle it ASAP.

It takes mold 24-48 hours to arise in the proper conditions and environment. Your house provides a constant supply of food for the mold spores. These spores latch on to drywall, wood, paper, insulation and everything it can get its hands on.

After one or more days, the mold begins colonizing, producing those large black stains you’re able to recognize from pictures (or from your home if you were unlucky).

Mold is a Hazard, Even if it’s Hidden

In many instances, mold will be found after it settles and after its germination, it’s a lot more rapid. If you surmise that you possess mold, you’ll want to contact a mold expert to inspect it. It’s up to you whether you call a home inspector, a mold examination business or a water damage approved technician.

The mold typically extends from where the water damage happened or where large levels of humidity are found. If the water flowed onto your carpet – that is where mold is going to originate.

How to Stop Mold Growth After Water Strikes

Halt the source of water
The first thing to do is to prevent the water from being able to flow in and remove it from your house. If it’s a broken appliance or a leaky pipe, shut off the water main. If it’s coming from the roof, see if you can try to get a roofing contracting company to help with an emergency service to close the breakage. Once you have prevented the source from causing more trouble, you have to eliminate it.