How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow?

According to WebMD, Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air.

Mold will exist wherever moisture or water does. The more moisture and water there is in the environment around you, the more that mold will be able to grow. That is why mold grows quickly after your property suffers water damage or flooding because all that water creates a breeding ground for mold. However, they don’t actually feed on the water. Mold likes to feed on organic materials, such as fruits, bread, wood, and some concrete. Mold only needs a couple of centimeters of water damage to grow into a health hazardous after a few days. If rain constantly floods your basement or you just have too much humidity in your structure, then you need to remove the water and dehumidify your rooms as fast as possible.

Under ideal conditions (optimal temperature and level of humidity), it takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and grow. Typically, the spores begin to colonize in 3 to 12 days and become visible in about 18-21 days. The time will always vary for different types of mold and depends on the actual conditions in the home. But mold can spread in as little as a few hours. When a mold spore lands on a moist organic material, it roots into the porous surface and begins to feed off the organic substance. Within hours, the harmful microorganisms start spreading to adjacent moist areas, damaging the structural integrity of the material they’re attached to.

If you were to find mold let your friends at Blue River Restoration be the ones to get your home or business safe from harmful mold spores and remediate the mold found.