What is Mold?
Molds are a form of fungus. There are many different molds and they can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds spread through the production of spores, which are present in all indoor environments and cannot be removed from them - spores are capable of surviving in harsh conditions that otherwise prevent the normal mold growth.
Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments - easily created in the home during the winter. When mold spores land on a damp spot they can begin to grow, digesting the material they are growing on as they do so. Molds are capable of growing on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper and wood.
Common indoor molds include:
- Alternaria - found in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks
- Aspergillus - often found indoors growing on dust, powdery food items and building materials, such as drywall
- Cladosporium - capable of growing in cool areas as well as warm ones. It is typically found on fabrics and wood surfaces
- Penicillium - typically found on materials that have been damaged by water and often has a blue or green appearance.
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