What Exactly Is Mold?

You’ve probably heard by now about the dangers of mold exposure in your home, but do you know what mold is? Mold isn’t a plant, nor is it an animal. It’s a fungus (fungi are not plants!). Fungi are all around us and have their practical uses. From edible mushrooms to the yeast in bread, and even the penicillin in antibiotics. Fungi are not always something to fear. However, not all fungi are beneficial. That’s where mold can come into play.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of types of mold found both outdoors and indoors. It commonly grows in low-lit, damp areas, such as basements and bathrooms. These tiny organisms thrive in high moisture and are not very harmful in small amounts. However, the nature of fungus is to grow and spread rapidly. Fungi are typically connected through a network, meaning when you see one patch of mold, there is likely an abundance of it hidden behind your walls or floors.

In large quantities, mold can pose health risks, especially to those sensitive to mold. Since mold is a fungus, it produces spores into the air. These spores are very small and light, so they can be easily inhaled. Over time, prolonged exposure can develop mold-related illnesses. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on sensitivities to mold, or if someone has asthma or allergies.

The only true way to combat a mold infestation is by hiring a mold remediation company. Mold can be a nightmare for any homeowner, so it is important to entrust the work of the professionals to safely remove it from your home.