Molds will multiply and grow whenever conditions are right:
- Sufficient moisture is available (leaks, floods, etc.)
- Organic materials is present (dry-wall, wood, etc.)
Be on the lookout for common sources of indoor moisture that can lead to mold problems:
- Leaky roof
- Sprinklers hitting the house
- Plumbing leaks
- Overflow from sinks or sewers
- Damp basement or crawlspace
- Steam from cooking or shower
- Clothes dryer exhausting inside
Warping floors and discoloration of walls and ceilings can also be indications of moisture problems.
Some molds are acquired when wood is left on the ground before using it in the building construction.
Often these molds enter the air system through gaps in the attic, or are introduced to moisture later by a leak and begin to colonize.
Many molds will thrive behind wood paneling and wall-boards when not insulated properly.
Persons exposed to high spore levels can develop severe allergy symptoms or other health problems, possibly even death!
Young children, elderly, and perons with weakened immune systems and respiratory conditions are the most affected.
Identification and correction of high moisture condition is a must before a mold problem can be effectively and permanently eliminated.