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Mold FAQs

ABOUT MOLD

Many people hate to hear the word mold in connection with their homes or offices. Mold and mildew is classified as fungi, a common part of everyday dust. There are literally hundreds of types of molds that exist naturally throughout the world. However, high concentrations of mold spores exposures can lead to adverse health effects in certain individuals.

Unlike plants, fungi cannot produce it own nutrients through photosynthesis. Molds grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions. Mold and mildew both reproduce by tiny spores that require moisture and nutrients to grow. Mold spores drift through the air continually and can survive harsh, dry conditions that do not support normal mold growth. Mold spores will often land on wet indoor surfaces and begin to grow by digesting the wet material.

COMMON INDOOR MOLDS INCLUDE:

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Unfortunately, the condition of many buildings after water intrusion provides the perfect environment for molds to grow. Drywall, baseboards, cabinets and wood flooring all serve as nutritional sources for mold to flourish. Buildings contaminated with mold growth often require professional restoration by trained and properly licensed individuals.