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Mold FACTS
No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.

Mold Facts


  • Molds are present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mushrooms and yeast are fungi and are needed in nature to break down dead material and recycle nutrients making them accessible to the environment. Unfortunately when inside a building, molds and yeasts continue performing the same function.


  • When mold is present in a building, the longer that it grows, the more it damages the building.


  • Most kinds of mold are harmless.


  • Mycotoxin is a toxin is a produced by an organism of the fungus kingdom, which includes mold, and can appear in both living and dead mold spores.


  • Human bodies can tolerate molds and mycotoxins in small quantities, but in larger quantities, they can be a health hazard.


  • Stachybotrys chartarum is a common mold which produces Mycotoxins.


  • Mold testing is used to identify and quantify fungi and extent of exposure so that effective action can be planned.


  • Symptoms of exposure may include flu-like symptoms, respiratory problems, headaches, cognitive problems, and skin irritation.


  • Indoor mold growth is usually related to leakage or a humidity problem.


  • Mold finds the environment inside a wet indoor wall to be a very hospitable environment and will continue its growth cycle until checked.


  • Certified Mold Inspectors are able to detect mold growing inside a wall where it cannot normally be seen.


Written By:  byebyemold staff 
Date Posted: 2007-08-04  

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