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Spores 101: An Introduction to Mold

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Basement with mold

Owning commercial property in Tempe,AZ, can be very rewarding, but it's not without its challenges. Chief amongst them is the potential for mold. From mildew to black mold, here's an overview of every property manager's least favorite fungus.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that develops from spores. These itsy-bitsy spores travel through the air and set up shop on organic matter around your building, including the dead skin cells humans leave just about everywhere. The damper and warmer the area, the more enticing it is to mold, so it's commonly found in the following areas:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Basements

In short, any area of your building that has a moisture problem or has experienced water damage may be prone to mold growth.

What Are the Different Types of Mold?

All mold isn't created equal. Mildew, for example, is a very common type of mold that's commonly found in bathrooms. It takes the shape of small, black spores, and it's usually easy to clean up with a commercially available cleaner or a 2:1 mix of white vinegar and water.

Another type of mold that’s commonly found in commercial buildings is black mold. This is actually a catch-all term for a variety of different strains of mold, some of which will provoke a response in humans, some of which won't. All of them should be treated promptly by a mold cleanup company that has the expertise and equipment to rid your location of mold once and for all.

How Can I Tell If I Have Mold?

Visible mold usually looks like dark spots. Picture a spray of ink, for example, or a dusting of chocolate cookie crumbs.

You may smell mold before you can see it, however, given its affinity for out-of-the-way places. It's usually identified by an odor that can be described as musty, damp, or woodsy.

Knowledge is power when it comes to mildew and black mold. If you think you have mold growth at your commercial property, the smartest course of action is often to contact a professional mold remediation company that can return your building to normal as soon and as safely as possible.

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