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What is Mold?

Why Mold Has Become an Important Topic

Basement Water Leak

Mold often has a dusty appearance

Mold has become a big issue in recent years -- the subject of lawsuits, closed schools, and the impetus for the growth of a "new" industry, mold testing and remediation. Discover how mold affects your indoor air quality and your health.

With all this talk about mold, you might think it is new. It’s not. But elevated mold concentrations in homes are. As homes have become tighter, conditions that favor the growth and proliferation of mold have also improved. Air-sealing a home without allowing for adequate ventilation can increase indoor relative humidity, supplying the moisture mold needs to thrive. In addition water infiltration problems, such as a plumbing or foundation leaks, will directly lead to the explosive mold growth in your home.

Mold in many forms is useful to us. The production of many foods, beverages, and antibotics depend upon it. High levels in the home, however, can lead to health problems. Mold-relatated ailments include hay fever, allergies, asthma, and eczema, and irritations of eye, nose, throat, and lungs. For people with suppressed immune systems, it can be worse. On our Mold Learning Center pages, you will learn about how mold spreads, how it can harm you, how it can damage your home, and how to keep it in check.

What is mold?

Mold is a living organism but is neither plant nor animal. It breathes, consumes food, and requires water to survive. A type of fungus (think mushroom), a single mold organism is very small (sometimes it can’t even be seen with the naked eye). Unlike plants, mold does not derive energy from the sun, at least not directly. Instead, it feeds upon dead organic matter, including plants and animals.

Mold thrives in environments where we like to live, including structures made of organic materials, like our homes. It likes temperatures between 39 and 100° F., relative humidity between 70% and 99%, and is typically found in places that are damp or humid for extended periods of time. Basements and crawlspaces, for example, are prime real estate for mold colonies. Also known as Mould.

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