Many factor can affect the ability for mold to grow in your home
- Temperature: Molds that are encountered in water damaged homes are called mesophilic because these molds grow best at room temperature. Molds are extremely adaptable and can grow over a wide range of temperatures. From in the desert, in your attic or in your crawlspace.
- Light: Most people believe mold can only grow in the dark, this is a common misconception. Although molds usually grow better in darker environments it is because there is usually a higher moisture content available in these areas. A lot of molds will begin disseminating their spores when they are exposed to light because the light usually reduces the moisture available to the mold
- PH: Most molds prefer a slightly acidic environment (Slightly less than a PH of 7). After the Coastal Pure Air dry fogging process a PH neutral barrier remains helping to prevent future mold growth.
- Nutrients: Mold needs something to eat and what mold thrives on is dead organic material. Since mold decomposes dead organic material it can grow on wood, the paper facing on drywall and many other materials made from wood. Molds secrete digestive fluids that decompose theses substrates, making nutrients available. Mold can also digest some synthetic materials such as adhesives, pastes and paints. While mold doesn’t get nutrients from inorganic material such as concrete, glass and metal, it can grow on the biofilm (dirt or organic material) present on these surfaces.
- Water: Water is the most critical factor regarding mold growth. Every species of mold requires water and different species thrive on different moisture contents in order to grow.