Mold is a specific type of fungus that humans are exposed to everyday. It thrives on moisture, reproduces through airborne spores, and lives almost anywhere indoors and out. In small amounts, it is relatively harmless and doesn’t pose much of a threat unless you suffer with asthma or other respiratory problems. However, once the spores find a damp spot to land on, their growth accelerates and can make a person extremely ill after prolonged exposure.
Interestingly enough, not all types of mold are bad or dangerous. There are a few good varieties such as the mold that makes cheese or medicine and the mold that makes certain wines tastier. Mold that exists outside the home is considered non-threatening or good. Basically, most of us are unaware of the good strains unless we are getting into our refrigerators for some bleu cheese and a glass of California Riesling or Harvest Zinfandel to enjoy with it.
There are two types of “normal” mold found within the home – airborne spores and that which grows on different surfaces. Like it or not, there are always airborne spores floating around in the air inside our homes. These spores can enter the home in many ways such through gaps, open doors, and even on our clothing. As long as they didn’t originate inside the home, these are classified as normal molds.
Normal mold growth happens on a daily basis inside our homes. That mildew that often grows in the corners of the shower tiles or that strange looking black substance you find growing in your window tracks? That’s the normal type of mold. The reason it’s labeled as “normal” is because it only grows on non-porous, non-sustainable food surfaces. We can easily get rid of this mold with standard household cleaners.
Anytime you find mold growing in your home, this is never a good thing. Mold found growing on any sustainable food sources is considered “bad” mold. It has the ability to negatively affect the air we breathe and is completely different from the normal airborne variety discussed above. Bad mold food sources within your home include certain foods such as breads and cheeses, drywall, wood framing, and wood sub-flooring. So what makes this mold bad? Because you have to address the mold growing on surfaces as well as the spores that are airborne. Thus, if you find that there are patches of mold, it is best to call in the experts so that they can eliminate it completely.
For more information about the different types of mold or to schedule a mold inspection, call Florida Inspections Unlimited today at 305-910-1171.