Molds can be generally grow in any location, with the right conditions. These conditions must consist organic material, moisture and oxygen. It is known that when excessive moisture is present on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is vital to remove any excessive moisture build up on all materials. It is almost impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment since mold is constantly around us. Opposed to indoor Molds, they can also be found to live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter too. It is important to find the common locations of mold growth in your home prior to dealing with a disaster. Remove any chances of mold growth, and save your money and valuable time.
In the outdoors, mold play a very important role. It acts as an agent that breakdowns leaves, wood, and other plant debris which helps the natural cycle. Molds belong to the Fungi. Unlike other plants, fungi lacks chlorophyll and can only continue to survive is by must survive by consuming materials and using it as food. Mold is a very important part of our environment, others we would have a lot of dead matter.
In order to reproduce, mold produces spores which can be found outdoor and indoor. The levels of mold (both indoor and outdoor) varies on a daily basis and heavily relies on the weather. In order for mold to continue to grow and reproduce, it must have a damp/wet material that it can “eat.” Since mold breaks down any material it lands on, it is important to prevent mold growth when you can.
Mold generally grows on the following items or in the following locations;
- Wood, such as window sills, wall framing and firewood
- Under or behind stored items
- Under the kitchen or bathroom sink
- On the wall or floor next to the bathtub or shower
- At the bottom edge of windows
- Air ducts
- Backside of wallpaper
- Behind furniture
In order to prevent mold growth in your home, moisture control is the key. Humidity levels must be kept between the 30-50% in a household. Uncontrolled humidity can also be a source of moisture leading to mold growth, particularly in hot, humid climates. Be sure to wipe off any excessive water around window sills, baseboards and other places that water settles. Be sure to check common areas (such as attic) during extreme temperature change. When weather changes from hot to cold or vice versa, it provides a natural moisture increase which will allow mold to grow. Since molds can digest most things, moisture is the factor that limits mold growth. Check your attics, to ensure you have sufficient insulation or not too much. This is a common issues that many homeowners have which causes mold growth. You can suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems.