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Causes and Growth of Indoor Mold

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

black mold in the bottom corner of a room Growth of Indoor Mold

When moisture is present, mold can be found everywhere and can grow on almost any substance. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents. When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. 

Mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture exposure and may be caused by incomplete drying of materials.  Plywood, drywall, furring strips, finish carpentry, cabinetry, wood framing, composite wood flooring, carpets, and carpet padding provide food for mold. After water damage to a building, mold grows in walls and then becomes dormant until subsequent high humidity. The most common ways interior mold growth forms are flooding, plumbing problems, burst in a pipe, and leaking roofs.

If you ever encounter mold or even just water damage in your home be sure to call a professional to examine the area and the areas you cannot see because you never know what can be building up behind those walls.

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