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*What is Mold? Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold grows best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spreads & reproduces by making mold spores. Mold spores can survive the harshest conditions, even dry conditions that do not support normal mold growth. 

*Why is there mold growing? In order for mold to grow there is always water needed and a food source (usually dust). 

*What type of mold is "Black Mold"? Stachybotrys Chartarum is a greenish-black mold that is generally most toxic to ones health. It can grow on materials such as drywall, fiberboard, gypsum board, etc. Growth occurs usually 7-10 days after on going or long-term water damage, excessive humidity over 60%, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for Stachybotrys Chartarum to grow and reproduce. 

*What are common areas in my home or business for mold to grow? Kitchens, bathrooms, water heater closets, HVAC closets  exterior walls, air ducts, vents. 

*What is the difference in mold and mildew?  Mildew usually refers to a certain mold or fungus with a flat growth habit. Mildew is generally found in showers and windowsills. Molds include all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. That can grow in any organic matter such as clothing or wood. 

*Can I still live at home with the presence of mold? The answer is not as easy as a yes or a no. If you feel the need to find another place to live until mold is remediated, then you should definitely do so. Everyone has different reactions when it comes to mold and how their body responds with inhabited by its presence. 

*What does mold smell like?  Molds have strong smells that are volatile that can become airborne. These compounds are known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mvoc's) that usually are followed by a musty damp smell.   

*What can be done to improve my air quality?  Insuring there is adequate ventilation in your home, and making sure your air filtration system is cleaned regularly. (Every 2 years)  It is also important to keep your humidity levels inside your home between 30-50%, anything over 60% is concern for secondary damage.

*What are the federal regulations or standards for mold?  Standards or threshold limit values (TLV's) for airborne                  concentrations of mold/mold spores have not currently been set. There are also no EPA regulations or standards for          airborne mold contaminants.

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