Mold Is Everywhere, Here Is How It Gets In Your Home
Most if not all of mold found indoors comes from the outdoors. Mold spores may enter buildings and houses through open doorways, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people (clothing), animals, shoes, bags and more!
All molds need moisture to grow and problems most likely occur where there is or has been water damage, high humidity or dampness. When mold spores settle on surfaces where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding…the spores will start growing and spreading.
Bathroom showers and steam from cooking have a high probability for mold growth and may create problems if not well ventilated.
Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet paper and other paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood & wood products, are particularly conducive to mold growth. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery commonly support mold growth.
Keeping moisture issues under control and maintaining a interior humidity level between 30-40% in your home or at work is an way to prevent mold growth.