How Many Types of Mold Are Out There?
Mold is Part of the Fungi Kingdom
Mold is part of the fungi kingdom. Many people equate fungi to mushrooms. However, the fungi kingdom is more expansive than that. Fungi have a different cell structure than plants or animals. Fungi typically reproduce through tiny spores, microscopic cells that can survive through harsh conditions and sometimes replicate to produce more genetic copies. This ability to quickly reproduce and survive extreme conditions is why mold is so hard to eliminate! Mold comes in more than 100,000 species. Specific molds can survive in every climate, and molds are found everywhere on our planet, from rainforests to deserts and beyond.
If You See Mold, Don’t Panic!
There are stories told about “black mold”, these people are talking about a specific mold named Stachybotrys Chartarum. However, just because a mold is black doesn’t mean that it’s Stachybotrys Chartarum. There are one hundred thousand different kinds of mold that come in all colors, even pink, yellow, and blue! Don’t automatically assume your home has Stachybotrys Chartarum.
However, if there is visible mold in your home (no matter the species) you will want to remove it or have professionals such as SERVPRO of Yuma assist you with the remediation (safe removal).
Once visible mold has been remediated, the problem is not always solved. Unless the cause of mold growth is addressed, the mold will probably return in time. And the cause of mold growth is triggered by dampness and elevated humidity. These issues can be fixed. Often, it’s a matter of employing proper insulation, heating, or ventilation. SERVPRO of Yuma and East Foothills understands how and why mold grows. We can provide a total remediation service:
- Address the cause/source
- Remove the mold
We perform inspections and provide quotes for the appropriate services. If you are concerned about or suspect your home has mold issues please, contact us at 928-247-1180