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Taking a Look at the Basics of Mold

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

Hand pointing to mold growth on ceiling Mold can grow anywhere.

You can usually recognize mold on sight if it’s invaded your Plant City, FL, home, but do you really know the ins and outs of this nuisance? It’s important to be able to identify mold easily, particularly black mold – and to know what to do about it when you find it.

Five Easy Facts About Mold

Let’s take a look at these things you should always remember about mold:

1. Mold is a fungus. This means that like any fungus, it sprouts from spores. Those spores are usually free-floating in your environment at all times, and only need a catalyst to grow into an active fungus infestation. That catalyst is water in any form, whether it’s a puddle or humidity in the air.

2. Mold grows on organic surfaces. This can include food and plant matter, but you would be surprised what else is considered “organic” that mold will happily take root in. This includes the drywall of your walls and ceilings, as well as wooden floorboards and furniture upholstery.

3. Black mold doesn’t always start off black. Black mold can start of gray or green or white or even yellow, before darkening through stages to brown and then black. You may not think you have a black mold infestation when you actually do.

4. Mold is not the same as mildew. Mold and mildew are actually two different types of fungus. They can be differentiated by color and texture, and by their growth patterns. Mold is fuzzy and thicker, while mildew has a sort of soft, powdery texture.

5. Often mold can only be detected by trained professionals. Certified mold remediation specialists can identify mold that isn’t apparent to the naked eye. Mold remediation specialists can also help you develop strategies for mold prevention and mold cleanup, depending on if you have an active infestation or not.

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