Mold Facts

  • Mold is a fungus that acts as an environmental decomposer.
  • Molds produce and release thousands of mold spores into the air.
  • Mold grows best in humid, damp places.
  • Mold can be found outdoors and indoors.
  • There are over 70,000 species of mold and mold spores.
  • Mold spores cannot be seen with the naked eye.
  • Individual mold spores can be only identified using a microscope.
  • Humans breathe in mold spores every day.
  • Mold breaks down organic matter and material.
  • Mold spores float in the air indoors and outdoors.
  • Moisture and a consistent nutrient source play major roles in mold growth.
  • Mold spore concentrations peak in late summer and early fall.
  • Mold can have adverse effects on human beings with weak immune system.
  • Mold can cause:  coughing, sneezing, headaches, sore eyes, sore throat, irritated skin, sinus problems, breathing difficulties, dizziness, trouble concentrating, feeling faint, hair loss, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, etc.
  • Most common molds mold can be categorized into three categories:  common outdoor, common indoor, and water damage indicators.
  • Common outdoor molds include:  Ascospores, Bipolaris, Basidiospores, Curvularia, Epiccocum, Myxomycetes, Smuts, Stemphylium, and Torula.
  • Common indoor molds include:  Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Fusarium
  • Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Memnoniella, Trichoderma, and Ulocladium are all molds that are considered water damage indicators.
  • Most mold spores are not dangerous to humans.
  • Mold can be found growing on food stuffs inside the home.
  • Mold can be found growing in damp areas such as:  under the kitchen sink, window seal, basement, etc.
  • Molds can range in color from white, green, brown, black, etc.
  • Extreme mold situations can result in mold remediation.
  • Mold spores found in the air or from direct contact can be identified and enumerated by mold or microbial laboratories.
  • Mold that is growing inside of home can cause a musty odor to be smelled in the home.
  • Many times mold can be identified as fuzzy growth.