How does mold grow?
Mold seeks MOISTURE, WARMTH, and FOOD, and all three conditions
are necessary for it to grow. Mold is most likely to find a
place 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
of 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, or walls, or areas around house plants, especially
ones that sometimes are over-watered. In just 48 hours, a moist
environment combined with room-temperature conditions and an organic
food source can lead to mold growth.
Some places where mold can grow in your home are:
After it gets the food it needs, mold can move to virtually any
kind of surface. Mold prefers temperatures between 40 and 100
degrees Fahrenheit. If a warm enough area in your home is
humid or damp and contains items that mold likes to eat, your home
could develop a mold problem.