What is mold?
Mold and mildew are fungi. No one knows exactly how many species of fungi exist, but estimates range from 10,000 to 300,000 or more.
What types of mold are found indoors?
The most common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, Alternaria and Mucor. Different molds affect different people differently. Nearly any mold has the potential to affect the health of humans and pets. Common household molds come in a rainbow of colors.
Where does mold grow?
Mold commonly grows in places where water leakage or seepage is an issue- particularly in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots and anywhere flooding has occurred. Building materials provide organic nutrients which support mold growth. Wet cellulose materials, including drywall, paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood and wood products support the growth of mold. Other common materials such as dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, carpet and fabrics commonly support the growth of mold.
How does mold affect people?
Mold causes inflammation, allergic reactions, and/or infections. Allergic reactions are most common following mold exposure. Typical signs include:
Reports of these symptoms at home or in the workplace may be an indication to have the building inspected for fungal growth.
What are signs of a mold problem?
Look for the following conditions: