Alternaria molds are some of the most common outdoor molds during the summer and fall months. When they are present indoors, it's because they have been brought in on produce or in the air. If testing indicates a higher mold concentration indoors than outdoors, a mold problem is a concern. Once established, the mold will grow quickly over a period of about five days. It has a flat, downy or fuzzy appearance. Typically it is dark in color and may range from gray, brown or black. Preferring the … [Read more...]
How Does Mold Grow & How Long Does It Take To Grow?
How does mold grow is a common question people ask about mold, especially when they suddenly fear they may be faced with infestation by a mold colony. You’re probably not going to like the answers, but these are details you need to know. Knowing them, you can plan accordingly. First, understand that mold needs two things to thrive. Moisture and cellulose. The bad news is the moisture can enter your home in any number of ways, but the two most common are plumbing problems (busted or leaking … [Read more...]
Why is Mold Growing in My Home and How Did it Get Here?
Once you discover, or suspect, that mold is growing in your home you may wonder how and why it got there. Does it mean your home is substandard? Did you do something to cause the problem? Was there anything you could have done to prevent it? What do you do now? Does Mold Discriminate? Are We Dirty? Mold doesn't care how much your home costs and whether it's old or new. While mold may be quite prevalent in older or substandard housing due to leaks and older materials, under the right … [Read more...]
Cladosporium is another mold that prefers the outdoors and is present in decaying plants. Usually, this mold will enter a home or building through open doors and windows. Porous, fibrous materials are the most likely places for Cladosporium to grow. Colonies may be found on wood products, carpets, wall and ceiling insulation, wallpaper, and other surfaces. Cladosporium has a range of darker colors from deep olive to black. The texture of the mold is more fuzzy and powdery than wet and … [Read more...]
Penicillium is a mold that most people know well. Obviously, Penicillium is the mold that makes the antibiotic Penicillin. However, as beneficial as the mold may be to medical science, it isn't desirable to have growing inside your home. Penicillium mold is typically a blue or bluish-green color. You've probably seen mold growing on old bread or fruit that had that coloration and it was likely Penicillium too. But, Penicillium can also grow in places in the home that are not intended to be so … [Read more...]
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