- What is black mould?
- What about sewage contamination?
- How long will it take my property to dry after flooding or other water damage?
Black mould (Statchybotrys chartarum) is greenish-black in colour and grows in conditions where there is an excessive amount of moisture over a long period of time. Water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks and condensation in small, damp places like bathrooms all create a perfect breeding ground for black mould. Black mould releases microtoxins, a noxious substance that can cause serious health problems for humans and pets.
Hard surfaces can be cleaned and sanitized after water damage occurs. Affected items that cannot be sanitized will require disposal. Porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, particleboard, paneling, etc. that have been directly affected by the damage should be removed during the emergency service visit.
Drying time after water damage in your home is determined by a combination of factors including the location, duration and source of water; the types of building materials in your home; weather conditions; and how quickly emergency restoration services are started. Through consistent monitoring and evaluation of the drying process, our trained technicians can determine when the drying is complete. For example, your carpet may feel dry to the touch, but padding and subfloors may still be wet underneath. While there are no hard and fast rules to determine how long your property will take to dry, we can tell you it may take between three and five days or more, depending on the conditions.