What is Mold?
WHAT IS MOLD?
A common question asked by thousands of people is, “What is mold?” Mold is categorized as fungi that grow as fibers and reproduce by developing mold (fungal) spores. Molds can be found outdoors and indoors. Molds grow best in humid damp areas. Moisture and a constant nutrient source help in the growing process of mold. Usually when there is excess moisture in a home, it creates a perfect habitat for mold to start to grow. Molds produce mold spores that cannot be seen by the naked eye, but are floating in the air outside and the indoors as well. Mold spores are essentially found everywhere and usually present at any given time. Molds in the environment play a role as agents that break down decaying matter such as fallen trees and other plant matter. Most times mold growth can be seen growing on surfaces in homes, but sometimes mold can be hidden behind walls and hard to find. Health issues can also arise from elevated mold exposure such as: sneezing, coughing, sore throat, breathing difficulties, headaches, etc. Generally mold health problems arise in people who have a specific allergy to mold, are asthmatic, and or have a weak immune system. Some molds, such as Stachybotrys and Chaetomium, are known to produce toxins (mycotoxins) that can be harmful to human beings. Mold is unquestionably a natural and also essential part of the environment as its best decomposing ability with in nature.
If you are encountering mold growth in your home or business, please be sure to test and find out what type of mold that you have. Some toxic mold spore can be disturbed by wiping them and spread out through air. You could be spreading toxic mold rather than get rid of them. If the test result comes back toxic, be sure to contact a professional consultant.