What is MOULD or Mold?
A common question asked by thousands of people is, “What is mould?” It is
categorized as fungi that grow as fibers and reproduce by developing mould (fungal)
spores. It can be found outdoors and indoors. It grows best in humid damp areas. Moisture and a constant nutrient source help in the growing process of mould. Usually when there is excess moisture in a home, it creates a perfect habitat for mould to start to grow. Moulds produce mold spores that cannot be seen by the naked eye, but are floating in the air outside and the indoors as well. Mould spores are
essentially found everywhere and usually present at any given time.
Moulds in the environment play a role as agents that break down decaying matter such as fallen trees and other plant matter. Most times mould growth can be seen growing on surfaces in homes, but sometimes mould can be hidden behind walls and hard to find. Health issues can also arise from elevated mould exposure such as: sneezing, coughing, sore throat, breathing difficulties, headaches, etc. Generally mold health problems arise in people who have a specific allergy to mould, are asthmatic, and or have a weak immune system. Some moulds, such as Stachybotrys and Chaetomium, are known to produce toxins (mycotoxins) that can be harmful to human beings. Mould is unquestionably a natural and also essential part of the environment.