Mold is a microscopic fungi. There are thousands of different kinds of mold, and can be found indoors and outdoors. They spread by producing spores and grow in damp, humid, and warm conditions. Colonies of mold can begin to form within 24 hours after water intrusion. Indoors, it is found in areas where the levels of humidity are high, such as: an attic, basement, bathroom, outside in a crawl space, or around other areas that contain plumbing. Once mold begins to spread it’s spores can survive harsh conditions. If mold is left unattended for long periods of time it can damage walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, framing and more. Indoors mold growing on a surface can look fuzzy, have a slimy texture, or look like a stain. It can also be black, brown, white, green, yellow and other colors. Since mold needs moisture to thrive, fixing the moisture issues you may have can prevent mold from growing. If you’ve had a mold problem in the past it is important to note that any porous material that was previously infected with mold (such as: carpet, curtains, drywall, tile, or clothing) but was not discarded will be more susceptible to mold growth in the future.