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Mold- A Few Words to Know

Aug 18, 2007
When talking about mold, there are a few words and phrases everyone needs to know the meaning of and here are the most important ones.

Mold is a kind of fungus (belonging to the kingdom fungi) that grows both indoors and outdoors all around the world and there are many different species and colors. To some people the words fungi and mold are used interchangeably, but not all fungi are molds.

Other fungi besides molds include something that most of us eat all the time: mushrooms. Certain kinds of mold are also used in the creation of specific kinds of cheese, so it is incorrect to think that all molds are bad for us.

Most of us do not know what "mycotoxin" means, but it is what makes some kinds of molds dangerous. Mycotoxins are a compound that are produced by fungus that are dangerous to living things. The mold itself is not toxic, but the mycotoxins produced by the mold are and these are what cause health complications for some people.

When mold inspectors talk to you about "remediation", you might not understand exactly what that means. The word "remediation" means to solve a problem and when it comes to mold, this means fixing the moisture and heating problem in the building where there is a mold infestation.

Stachybotrys is a genus of mold that has about 10 members and this grows mainly on dead plant materials.

When it is found indoors, it often grows on things like paper and canvas (this includes sheetrock that has a paper covering). This kind of mold is toxic and it is the mold that most people are thinking of when they say "black mold", even though a few different kinds of mold are black. Not all black mold is stachybotrys.

Hidden mold is found in areas that you cannot see readily. They are colonies that can be found inside walls or in ventilation systems like inside air conditioners or inside the ducts themselves.

Hidden mold in your ventilation system is important to get rid of because it is distributing the mold throughout your home or business and spreading the infection to other areas where it will likely take root and grow.

The word "biocide" is a term that is meant to denote chemicals that kill organisms such as fungi or at the very least, slow their growth. The word "fungicide" is often used interchangeably with "biocide".
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