What is Mold?
Mold is a member of the fungi family and is primarily responsible for digesting and recycling almost all organic matter. There are many different species of molds and fungus. A few of the more common in this area include Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Penicillium, & Stachybotrys. Mold is a living organism and it needs food, water, and a temperate environment to grow and multiply.
Where is Mold?
Mold spore can be found almost anywhere in our environment. The mold spores are durable and adaptable and basically wait for favorable conditions to occur. When conditions are right, mold colonies can explode, amplify, and grow until the food source or water is gone. Mold grows and spreads by producing and releasing microscopic spores into the air. These spores land, take root, and start new colonies.
How do I know if I have Mold?
There are several ways to tell if you have mold. First is visual. If you see a mold-like substance in the wall or ceiling, its probably mold. If you smell musty odors, and it seems to be damp and humid, you probably have mold. If occupants are having symptoms such as congestion, coughing, weezing, sore throat, or athsma and they improve when they leave, you may have mold. You can also have air and surface samples taken which can tell you how much and what type of mold you have.
When is Mold a Problem?
There are many different scientific opinions regarding this question. The bottom line is that mold effects people differently. Individuals with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions are typically more sensitive to mold and may have problems with even low levels. Others may not be affected at all. When is it a problem? When you have mold and don’t do anything about it.