How does mold get into a building?
Molds are decomposers of organic material such as wood, plants and animals. Mold and mold spores are found in high concentrations wherever there is dead matter such as a pile of leaves, manure or compost.
Outdoor mold spores commonly can enter a building through the air or by becoming attached to people, animals, or other materials that are moved into a building. Mold spores are very small and cannot be seen with the naked eye. A spore is a mold colony’s “seed” and is released natural into the environment to colonize. Spores are resilient and are built to with stand extreme environments so the spread of colonization reaches a larger area. Once the mold spores settle on to a viable substrate they will grow into a mold colony. A visible mold colony can house millions of spores. An area the size of a postage stamp can contain up to 65,000,000 (65 million) spores. This is more than enough to potentially spread across the interior of a property and cause mold growth where conditions are ideal.