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15 Mold Facts for Homeowners, Landlords, Tenants, & Employers

by Phillip Fry, mold consultant, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, & Certified Mold Remediator, Nov. 1, 2015

1. What is Mold? Mold is a fungus---a parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll, a rigid cell wall, leaves, true stems and roots. Mold is multicellular, and it is composed of thread-like hyphae. Mold is a very large group of microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. Most are filamentous organisms and produce spores [for reproduction] that can travel in the air and water, or be carried by insects, birds, dogs, cats, and other animals.

2. Airborne mold spores are everywhere both indoors and outdoors. Resident and employee health is at serious risk if there are elevated levels of mold spores indoors, as compared to an outdoor mold control test, or in high indoor levels regardless of outdoor mold counts. Learn how to test for mold at Mold Growth Lab.

      3. Molds of all species and colors are dangerous environmental health predators of humans, animals, and plants.

4. The most dangerous indoor molds are Alternaria, Aspergillus, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys. Mold sampling and mold lab analysis are required to identify specific mold species.

5. Molds spores can cause serious health problems even if the spores are dead or dormant (inactive while waiting for more moisture to resume growth). Even the smell of dead or dormant mold can make some mold-sensitive persons ill. There are no legal mold exposure limits. Read the Mold Health Guide, $15, to learn all about mold health.

6. There are no absolute levels of safe or unsafe mold infestation inside a home or other building. Because of the huge discrepancies person to person in mold sensitivity, what might be a harmless amount of mold exposure to one occupant can be devastating health-wise to another person. Usually, mold infestation is considered to be elevated if indoor mold samples show higher mold counts and more mold species indoors than in an outdoor mold control test. Mold infestation usually affects first and most strongly pregnant ladies [and their unborn babies], infants, elderly, and persons with immune system problems. But day in and day out, cumulative exposure to mold infestation can make healthy adults quite sick.

      7. It is impossible to get rid of all mold spores indoors. Some mold spores will always be present in house dust and floating in the air. What is important is to minimize the level of indoor airborne mold spores in the breathing air and eliminate air conditioning mold and all mold colony growth whether visible or hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors, crawl spaces, basements, attics, or heating/cooling, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and ducts.

8. The mold spores will not grow into mold colonies if there is insufficient moisture.  Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If organic materials are wet for more than 24 hours, mold

     9. Mold grows by eating and destroying organic building materials and other cellulose-based materials such as carpeting, upholstery, and clothing. The longer that mold grows, the more mold damage to the building. growth can begin.

     10. Cellulose is the main substance in the cell walls of plants (and thus of wood), and it is used in the manufacture of many organic building materials such as drywall, plasterboard, plywood substitutes, and ceiling tiles.

11. Mold can grow hidden and undetected inside wall and ceiling cavities; beneath wallpaper, paneling, and carpeting; and inside heating and cooling equipment and ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and basements. Learn how to find hidden mold growth by reading mold consultant Phillip Fry's in depth ebook Do It Best Yourself Mold Inspection, Testing, Remediation, and Prevention, only $15 from Mold Mart.

12. Mold growth is often the result of a structural or construction defect, or of maintenance neglect, that allows moisture to enter the building, making a toxic mold building or toxic mold house.

13. The owner or employer must first fix the water problem (roof leak, plumbing leak, high indoor humidity) that enables the mold to grow. Effective mold remediation requires killing the mold with a mold home remedy recipe or boric acid powder in warm water or mold , and then physically removing the mold growth, and then re-treating the cleaned area with a mold home remedy recipe or  boric acid powder mold preventative. Read how about do it yourself mold removal techniques.

      14. Regular, preventive building maintenance to find and fix water plumbing leaks, roof leaks, and other water intrusion problems is the best way to prevent mold growth problems.

     15. Be trained and certified as a Certified Mold Inspector and Certified Mold Remediator to make big money helping property owners in your area to find and fix mold infestation problems.

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