What is Mold?
Mold spores are everywhere in our environment. They are in the air we breathe and on everything we touch. Most mold spores are harmless and usually killed by sunlight and warmth. Some molds are good and help with decomposition causing plants to reuse nutrients and recycle the air. Spores floating around rarely cause problems. When spores are exposed to a constant source of moisture, however, the resulting growth of mold colonies presents a real hazard to building structures and health.
What is Mold and How Does Mold Smell and Look Like?
Mold is a type of fungus, and most molds are eukaryotic micro-organisms that decompose dead organic materials like leaves, wood, and plants. Most spores and hair-like bodies of mold colonies are somewhat small, to begin with, and may need to be seen with a microscope.
Mold, growing on a surface, usually appears as black, green or blue. The color of the mold is determined by the mold it is and by the nutrient source, surface substrate and the age of the mold colony.