Mould is a fungus (microscopic organism) that develops in moist environments. It’s a crucial part of the ecosystem but not something you want in a home. Their role is to break down organic materials, which makes them a threat to health. Mould can spawn almost anywhere where there is enough moisture present. You will often find it on ceilings, wallpaper, soft furnishings, clothes, tiles, plants and food.
Mould and mildew develop within 24-48 hours of moisture exposure. After an area of the property has already been exposed to water, the mould will continue to grow until measures are taken to prevent further moisture from reaching the area. There are multiple causes for mould formation inside a property. Any form of water damage will lead to a mould issue. This can include more extreme water damage, such as flooding, or water damage from roof leaks. Increased moisture and damp air can also cause mould, for instance, residual steam in a bathroom after showering or cold and damp basements.