Introduction to Mold: 101

Ceiling Mold

Home mold presents serious health hazards to you and your family. Fortunately, it is not hard to prevent mold once you know what mold is, how to identify it, and what techniques you can utilize to prevent it.

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows from spores. It is essential for the breakdown of dead plant and animal matter. The spores are usually inactive, but they become active if humidity levels exceed 70% or if temperatures exceed 65 degrees. Mold exists everywhere in the environment and people come in contact with mold every day, whether they know it or not. It is found both indoors and outdoors, often in damp or wet areas, such as basements and bathrooms. Mold is also what causes food to spoil, wood to rot, and paper to smell musty.

How to Identify Mold?

  • Active mold growth is slimy and is usually green, black, orange or purple.
  • Inactive mold growth is dry and looks like a powder. It is usually white when dry.
  • In early phases, molds may look like a web – while when in full bloom it can look like a miniature bush.
  • Even when molds are unseen, wet spots or dampness can indicate a problem. (or future one)
  • If you suspect that a spot is moldy, you can perform a simple test to find out if the spot is really mold. Apply a small drop of bleach to the suspected spot. If the stain loses color or disappears, it may be mold!
  • Another good way to tell if mold is present is odor. Mold usually has a musty smell that can indicate its presence.

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