Mold is a common type of fungus that lives in a wide variety of places. It is in the air we breathe, our homes, our food, and even our medication. Generally, it reproduces via spores which are sensitive to sunlight and warmth.
On face value, mold may not seem all that impressive. That is, until we look at it on a molecular level. There you will find a wide network of individual cells called hyphae, growing together as a singular and a collective organism – or colony. It is that unique and remarkable trait that makes mold so good at surviving. It is also why proper remediation is critical to effective mold removal, as even a small percentage of living cells or spores may regrow an entire colony.
Of course, most types of mold harmless, aiding the environment by providing decomposition. Though, once it infects our homes and property, mold’s destructive power can turn from harmless to outright hazardous.
What Does Mold Look and Smell Like?
Mold can take on several unique appearances and patterns. It is often black, green, blue, and orange in color. The type of mold, nutrient source, surface substrate and age of the colony are all factors that can influence the specific pigment.
To the touch, mold may feel slimy, powdery, or fuzzy. It may smell musty, earthy, and damp. Though, we don’t recommend that you go around sniffing any colonies you may see, given that mold has the potential to make you ill.
Treatment for Mold
Mold needs water, a food source, oxygen, and a temperature between 40° and 100° Fahrenheit to grow. It decomposes organic matter like cellulose and lignin, so it’s most likely to grow on wood, drywall, and similar materials. However, it can also digest synthetic material like adhesives, pastes, and paint. Overtime they can compromise the integrity of these structures, leading to dangerous and costly deterioration in your home or property. As such, the best approach to dealing with mold is active prevention, and proper remediation once mold is found.
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