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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.

Where mold can grow in your home:

mold on carpetdrapes
mold on drapesupholstery
upholstery moldleather
Leather Mold

wood products
wood mold


mold on clothing

mold on papercardboard
mold in booksrags

dirty rag

wallboard mold


cloth with mold

ceiling tiles
Mold on tilesductwork
mol dinside ductworkpaint
mold on paintwallpaper
wallpaper mold

household dust

mold dust

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.

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