The Usual Mold Questions and Answers

What is mold

Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. No one knows how many species of fungi exist, but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps 300,000 or more. Most are filamentous (threadlike) organisms and the production of spores is characteristic of fungi in general. These spores can be transported by air, water, or insects

Why is mold in my home?
Mold can grow anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors, as long as there is enough surface moisture to keep them alive. The spores need moisture to begin growing, digesting and destroying. Molds can grow on almost any surface, including; wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, paints, carpet, sheet rock, and insulation. As far as mold is concerned, your house is delicious.

How was I exposed to mold?
When molds are disturbed, they release spores into the air. You can be exposed by breathing air containing mold spores, touching moldy items, eating moldy food or accidental contact.

Is mold really bad for you?
Most mold does not harm healthy people. But people who have allergies or asthma may be more sensitive to molds. Sensitive people may experience skin rash, running nose, eye irritation, cough, nasal congestion, aggravation of asthma or difficulty breathing. People with an immune suppression or underlying lung disease, may be at increased risk for infections from molds.

What are mycotoxins and why are they bad?
A small number of molds produce toxins called mycotoxins. Mcotoxins, are potent toxins produced by certain molds and on exposure to them, people may suffer toxic responses such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, and irritation.

Is mold problematic?
You know you have a mold problem when you smell the “musty” odor or see it growing in damp areas of your house, but some mold is hidden in walls and crawl spaces and in areas where water has damaged building materials. If you notice mold or know of water damaged areas in your home, you should take action to control it.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

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