For mold to develop in a basement, the following conditions need to be present: Mold spores; Wood or drwall; Darkness (since mold can’t grow under ultraviolet light); Warmth (mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures); Oxygen; Moisture; and finally, Time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours under ideal conditions).
If moisture is present in a home’s basement, that becomes the real cause of mold growth.
The other factors listed will always be present in a home, but moisture can be controlled. So essentially, the difference between mold growth and NO mold growth comes down to how dry you keep your basement.
Humidity Causes Mold
If the weather’s been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow in your home. When it rains for several days it’s especially common to see mold start to grow on walls, benches and other surfaces because of the wet air.
Leaking Pipes Cause Mold
Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth. The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall. By the time you discover these leaks mold has usually started to grow already.
Flooding Causes Mold
It is almost inevitable that some mold problems will develop after your home has been affected by flooding. Obviously your house will be very wet for a long time during a flood, taking days or even weeks to dry out. Since mold only needs a suitable surface to be wet for 24 hours before it can grow this means there is a huge risk of mold growth.
Some dangerous toxic molds require more extreme conditions than common molds do,
such as the toxic mold Stachybotrys chartarum which requires material to be very wet for several days to grow. A flood can create these conditions putting your home more at risk of being infested with dangerous toxic molds.
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