Mold spores are always in the air. Although mold spores cannot be seen with the human eye, it’s important to note they are present. Mold spores are the foundation for mold reproduction. Mold spores exist in homes and buildings even when the humidity levels are low. Appropriately sized dehumidifiers are effective in the quest to prevent mold growth in the home.
Mold will grow at 60% humidity or higher or when there is a water intrusion in the presence of porous / degradable cellulose based materials such as wood and paper. Microbial growth should be taken seriously since some species of mold such as but not limited to Stachybotrys can cause serious health complications for human beings.
While eliminating all mold spores in an indoor environment is not possible or realistic, since molds can produce allergens which can trigger allergic reactions or trigger asthmatic episodes, every precaution should be taken to minimize its negative effects in the home or building. Additionally, molds can produce toxins and irritants so whenever visible mold is present, it is important to clean up or professionally remediate mold to prevent and avoid potentially serious health problems.
When molds spores are combined with excessive and unattended to moisture along with oxygen, molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, and more! Mold reproduces by creating spores that cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope. The spores can float through the air until the spores land on a moist location and begin to grow and destroy the surface in which it landed.
Lastly, it important to note that the increased occurrences of moisture problems have lead to changes in building construction practices however some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are so tightly sealed that they lack adequate and proper ventilation. This can lead to moisture buildup which can encourage microbial growth. This mold build up could also require professional mold remediation.