Mold damage and exposure, among other things, can cause negative health affects resulting in required mold remediation. Mold removal and remediation costs in the United States are staggering and underscore the reality of this epidemic.
According to www.mold-help.org, as of October 25, 2012 mold alone added $3.5 billion to the annual United States health care bill. www.mold-help.org also states that health problems associated with mold and damp problems in buildings, costs the US health care system nearly $35 billion per year and that 21% of all asthma cases in the United States are attributable to dampness and mold exposure.
www.mold-help.org goes on to explain the financial implications of remediating and repairing damage as a result of mold. As of October 25, 2012, www.mold-help.org states that the cost of repairing the problems associated with mold is approximately $73 billion in the United States and the total cost associated with mold and damp problems in United States buildings is approximately $108 billion.
The numbers above highlight just how serious and costly mold and dampness related damages can be in the United States. A consequence of heightened mold exposure can be missed work and lack of productivity. This only exacerbates the mold risks and underscores the importance of mitigating water damages to avoid mold issues.
The best way to avoid mold problems is to address the water damage immediately and to identify and rectify the source of the water loss. Wet, organic materials such as sheetrock for example, lend itself to mold growth thus the importance of drying the premises immediately. Mold does not grow instantaneously, but given the right conditions and materials mold can grow relatively quickly. Wet materials should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold growth (Reference: United States Environmental Protection Agency (Mold Basics). The key to mold control is moisture control.