What is Mold?

Molds can be found almost anywhere: they can grow on virtually any carbon based material, as long as there is moisture, oxygen, and food source present. Different molds require different circumstances to grow. Some molds grow when the humidity is over 50% while other molds require wetness to grow.

It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores from the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled by controlling the indoor humidity and moisture levels.

Stachybotrys is a very toxic mold and is black but not all black mold is Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys requires a very wet host in order to grow and it will not grow outside the perimeters of the wetness while a humidity driven mold will grow until the food source is exhausted. Stachybotrys is the only mold that can be identified visually. Other molds change color with food source and must be analyzed to determine their type.

Molds are simple, plant like organisms that do not contain true roots, stems or leaves like most plants. Molds reproduce by making spores that cannot be seen without magnification. When a mold spore lands on a damp surface, it will begin to grow. When mold becomes visible it is called a colony forming unit and will continue to grow until it runs out of food, water, or space. As the colony matures, spores are released into the environment. Some molds, such as Stachybotrys, do not release spores until their food source starts to dry out. It then throws off spores in order to reproduce. Other molds loose spores by the mere breeze created by walking past the colony.

Molds are not just black or green as many believe. Mold can be found in red, orange, purple, brown, black, white, and green.

The function of mold is to digest whatever it is growing on. It is another one of Gods cleanup crews and if we did not have mold, we would soon be knee deep in dead plant and animal material.

All molds are allergenic but not all molds are toxic. Molds can trigger allergic reactions and even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Fifty to sixty percent of all allergies are mold related. Toxic mold will effect everyone that is exposed . Reported Effects from toxic mold have been extensive and range from eye, nose and throat irritation to a case of brain damage reported in Texas. The effects of toxic mold seem to differ from person to person and seems to depend on many factors such as age, health condition, length of exposure etc.

Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate any existing indoor mold growth.

If you feel that you have any concerns, please feel free to contact The Mold Removers L.L.C. at any time. We will be happy to answer any of your questions or address any of your concerns.