What is Mold?
Molds are fungi, much like, mushrooms and yeast. There are over 100,000 species of mold and the United States is home to over 1,000 different mold species.
Fungi are heterotrophic; unlike plants they cannot create their own food. The environment they inhabit is their source of food (your walls etc…) Fungi do this by secreting digestive enzymes to break down both organic and inorganic materials. They then absorb the soluble product for ingestion.
Mold can live almost anywhere; and they can grow on virtually any organic substance-as long as moisture and oxygen are present mold can thrive. Mold growth typically occurs when an large amount of moisture begins to accumulate in buildings or on building materials, especially in cases where the high moisture areas remain undiscovered.
Molds can reproduce easily by releasing new spores that are undetectable by the human eye. In addition, mold spores are carried through the air both inside and outside. When these mold spores find their home on a damp or wet surface inside your home or business, they find moist areas and can begin growing.
Water damage can be the cause of mold growth for many types of molds that exist in the united States. Most molds have the potential to be dangerous to the health of humans and pets. Mold can trigger allergic reactions quickly and even cause asthma attacks in people that have allergies to mold. Other molds are known to secrete potent toxins and/or irritants such as Stachybotrys, Chaetomium and Ulocladium. Untreated mold can be harmful to you and your pets health and affect property damage. These concerns alone are important reasons to re-mediate mold growth and to properly eliminate any existing indoor mold spores.