What Is Mold?

By Doherty • May 6th, 2011
Moldy nectarines that were in a refrigerator. ...

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Home mold presents serious health risks to you and your family. However, it is not hard to prevent mold and perform mold cleanup once you know what exactly is mold , how to identify it, and what techniques you can use to prevent it.

So What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows from spores and is needed for the breakdown of dead plant and animal matter. Mold spores are usually inactive, but they will become active if humidity levels exceeds70% or if the temperature goes above 65 degrees. Mold exists everywhere in the environment and it may be found indoors and outdoors. Mold is often found in damp or wet areas; this why it is so common in places such as the basement and bathroom and outdoor in grass and hay. People come in touch with mold everyday. Mold is what causes food to spoil, wood to rot, and paper to smell musty.

How to Identify Mold?

Mold is the black growth you often see on wet window sills . If you store paper or fabrics in a damp place you might get the musty smell that is created by the action of molds. Active mold growth is slimy and is usually green, black, orange or purple. When inactive mold is dry it looks like a powder . It is usually white when dry. In its early phases, molds may look like a web but when in full bloom it looks like a tiny bush. Even when molds are unseen , wet spots or dampness can indicate a problem and molds will eventually grow . If you suspect that a spot is moldy , you can perform a simple test to find out if it really is mold . Touch the suspected spot with a small drop of bleach and see if the stain loses its color or disappears. If it does, it may be mold. If there is no change, it is probably not mold. Another good way to tell if mold is present is by smell . Mold usually has a musty smell that can indicate the presence of molds even if they are invisible . If you suspect mold, contact a mold remediation company for assistance.

 

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