Mold Myths and Facts

Know the Facts About Mold

Myth: Mold only grows on organic materials such as wood and food.

Fact: Mold can grow on any surface including glass.

Myth: All molds are toxic.

Fact: Only some molds produce mycotoxins which can be harmful to a person’s health.?

Myth: Only messy and dirty properties have mold problems.

Fact: Mold does not discriminate and is often found in clean environments.

Myth: If I don’t see mold on my property, it probably doesn’t exist.

Fact: Mold often grows in hidden places such as behind wall paper and paint or in attics and basements.?

Myth: Mold affects everyone the same.

Fact: Mold is more harmful to people with allergies and those with weakened immune systems.?

Myth: Mold can be completely eliminated.

Fact: There will always be mold spores in the air.?It is impossible to completely rid a property of mold. The best one can do is stay on the look out for mold problems and take care of them as needed.

More Facts About Mold

  • Mold is a type of fungus. Other fungi include yeast and mushrooms.
  • Outside mold is found in soil, decaying vegetation, compost piles, rotting wood and fallen leaves. Outdoor mold can get inside through open windows and doors, ventilation systems and on pets, clothing and shoes.
  • Mold grows year round and in all types of climates although it favors a warm and humid environment.
  • Some people are more sensitive to mold than others. People who are allergic to mold, have asthma or have a weakened immune system are most likely to be harmed through mold exposure.
  • To grow, mold needs food such as high moisture levels, high temperatures and excess humidity.
  • Mold is a decomposer of organic materials such as wood, plants and animals.
  • Molds are strong allergens although most people are not allergic to them.
  • Common indoor mold include: cladosporium, penicillium, alternaria and aspergillus

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