Food sources for mold include:
Cellulose based materials
Other organic matter
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Molds are found everywhere inside and outside, can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. Molds reproduce by spores, which can be carried by air currents. When these spores are on a moist surface that is suitable for life, they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels that do not affect most health individuals.
Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth, mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture indoors. Mold growth may also be caused by incomplete drying of flooring materials such as concrete. Flooding, surface and ground water leaks, leaky roofs, condensation problems, stagnant water in appliances, building maintenance problems, or indoor plumbing problems can lead to mold growth inside.
For significant mold growth to occur, there must be a source of water, moisture and or humidity, a source of food, and a substrate capable of sustaining growth. Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, insulation, furring strips, carpets, and carpet padding are food for molds. In carpet, invisible dust, dust mites and cellulose are the food sources. After a single incident of water damage occurs in a home or building, molds grow inside walls and then become dormant until a subsequent incident of high humidity; this illustrates how mold can appear to be a sudden problem, long after a previous flood or water incident that did not produce such a problem. The right conditions reactivate mold.
Studies also show that mycotoxin levels are higher in buildings that have once had a water incident.
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