FAQ's + Knowledge
What exactly is mold?
Molds are living microorganisms and forms of fungi like yeasts and mushrooms.
What does mold smell like?
In general, the smell of mold is unpleasant. Some people compare it to the smell of wet socks, or rotten wood or paper. When mold eats, grows and multiplies, it releases Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC).
How long does mold take to spread?
Under ideal conditions (optimal temperature and level of humidity), it takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and grow. Typically, the spores begin to colonize in 3 to 12 days and become visible in about 18-21 days. It grows at one square inch per day.
Does my home decrease in value because of mold?
Yes. Many homeowners do not even realize they have mold in their attic or crawl space until a home inspector or appraiser tells them when they are trying to sell their home. Mold has killed many sales. Prevent this from happening to you by checking your attic and crawl space at least once every three months.
What is the cause of Attic Mold?
Low insulation, Lack of roof vent, non existent soffit vents and bathroom fans blowing into the attic.
Is basidiospores dangerous?
As with all mold, the health effects due to inhalation of Basidiospores are determined by the concentration levels in the air. Spores that grow in large quantities can be dangerous and in some cases, deadly.
Is chaetomium dangerous?
Chaetomium is a dangerous mold that little about which is known. This species of mold is characterized by a strong musty odor while thriving in water damaged drywall. Exposure to Chaetomium results in classic mold related symptoms with permanent neurological damage, auto-immune disease, and permanent DNA damage being reported.