Mold spreads by creating reproductive cells called spores and sending them into the environment. Mold spores are too small to detect with the naked eye. They are everywhere around us and you cannot avoid being exposed to them.
Mold spores travel in the air and attach to people’s skin, clothing, shoes, shopping bags and belongings. Other ways spores can enter your home are: through open doors and windows, your home’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning system and on the fur of your pet.
Once spores enter, they can settle onto carpeting or other surfaces inside your home. You cannot keep spores out of your home, but regular home cleaning and maintenance can often prevent mold problems before they arise.
Mold seeks MOISTURE, WARMTH, FOOD and all three conditions are necessary for it to grow. Mold is most likely to grow in a bathroom, basement or kitchen, but it can grow in other rooms if conditions are favorable. The climate where you live and the living habits in your household can affect the ability for mold to grow.
Mold spores can thrive and reproduce in wet or damp parts of your home. Areas that have had flooding or where leakage has occurred, in roofs, pipes, walls, or areas around house plants, especially ones that sometimes are over-watered. In just 24 hours, a moist environment combined with room-temperature conditions and an organic food source can lead to mold growth.