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Mold Mold

What is Mold?

Molds are organisms that may be found indoors and outdoors. They are part of the natural environment and play an important role in the environment by breaking down and digesting organic material, such as dead leaves.

Mold does not need a lot of water to thrive and cause major problems. High humidity in your home can cause mold to grow, Some common sites for mold growth include: Basements, Crawlspaces, and Attics.

Where does mold grow?

Moisture isn't the only thing mold needs in order to grow. It also needs a source of nutrients, which can be any organic substance. Most buildings, including yours, are full of organic materials that provide suitable nutrients for mold growth. Temperature is also not an issue in most cases, as some molds grow in warm temperatures, whereas others thrive in cool locations, such as bread in the refrigerator.


Usually more than one mold type can be found growing in one area, although certain conditions (such as moisture content, light, and temperature) can favor one type of mold over another.

Other factors for mold growth

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  • Stachybotrys is one member of a group of molds. These molds produce airborne toxins. These molds can cause breathing difficulties, dizziness, memory and hearing loss, and flulike symptoms.

  • Cladosporium and Penicillium are more commonly found molds but these molds can cause allergic reactions, asthma, breathing problems, sinus infections, headaches, coughing and eye and throat irritation.

  • Memnoniella and Aspergillus versicolor are two types of mold that can produce airborne toxins. They produce mycotoxins and can cause even worse problems. These problems are chronic fatigue, loss of balance and memory, irritability and difficulty speaking.


Common types of mold

Mold types

The spores can be easily inhaled, causing the following symptoms:

• headaches and/or fever

• coughing, wheezing

• runny nose/sinus problems

• ongoing flu-like symptoms

• skin rashes

• Diarrhea and hypersensitivity

• Pneumonitis, asthma, or other immune responses

A few mold species are capable of producing toxins if a proper food source is available. People vary in their sensitivity to the concentration of spores in the air. The elderly, children, and people with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to the effects of spores. However, even healthy people may react to high concentrations!


Why is Mold Hazardous