What is Mold?

It's ugly and unhealthy for buildings and humans. For people that are allergic or have a poor immune system, a small amount or large amount in a building can cause mild to severe breathing problems, sickness, and other health issues.

For a building, mold can cause damage to the structure. It bonds to some building materials, and then will start to eat the substrate its attached too. This will cause damage to drywall, wood, carpet padding, etc. Mold needs moisture and food to survive, and a building has plenty of food.

Scientists say there is perhaps more than 300,000 different species of fungi. Here are some of the more common indoor molds that are present in our area:

Penicillium - (pe-nə-ˈsi-lē-əm) Green, Blue in color.
Usually found growing in cellulose materials within homes and buildings (i.e., wood, paper, plants, etc.)

Aspergillus - (as·​per·​gil·​lus) Yellow, Green or Black in color.
Is usually found growing on damp walls, and within indoor ventilation systems

Alternaria - (ȯl-tər-ˈnar-ē-ə) Black, Grey in color.
Is usually found growing on drywall, carpet, window frames, and textile products.

Cladosporium - (klad-ə-ˈspōr-ē-əm) Olive Green, Grey, Brown in Color.
Usually found growing on damp building materials (i.e., gypsum board, acrylic painted walls, wood, wallpaper, carpet and mattress dust, HVAC fans, and wet insulation in mechanical cooling units)

If you think you have mold, contact the Mold Pros at Paxton Inspection Services today for a Free Consultation!

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