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What exactly is mold?

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

What exactly is mold?

So we all have heard of mold. We all know that it can be bad and that you don’t want it in the house. That being said, what exactly is it?

According to aiha.org “The term “mold” is a colloquial term for a group of filamentous fungi that are common on food or wet materials. This includes the green Penicillium species that produces penicillin, and fungi that spoil our bread, fruit, cheese and crops. Most of these are Ascomycetes that produce a lot of spores.”

“The majority of the molds that grow on damp building materials are found in the soil and are adapted to grow on a wide variety of materials. Outdoors, molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color. Different mold species are adapted to different moisture conditions ranging from very wet to just damp. Many times, mold can be detected by a musty odor.”

Mold starts to grow in areas we don’t want it to when things inside your home get wet. This can be due to humidity issues, backed up drains, overflowing water sources, and a variety of other ways that surfaces in your home get wet. Remember too, that even if you think you have cleaned up the water, water can get underneath things such as flooring or behind drywall. Call us to be sure you are fully dry!

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