Moulds are very simple microorganisms found virtually everywhere indoors and out. Moulds are among the most widespread living organisms in the world.
Mould is a type of fungi which is normally found in moist areas such as basements, bathrooms, attics and can sometimes cultivate inside building structures. The difficulty with the presence of mould in buildings is the inhalation of mycotoxins.
Mould will feed on materials such as wood, cardboard, the paper facing on both sides of drywall, and carpet.
There are over 100,000 different types of moulds that can enter your home on clothing, shoes, and bags, or through open windows or air conditioning systems.
Mould travels through the air as spores breeding in wet areas. If mold is spotted, it’s best to deal with it at once so it does not multiply to other areas. It is also a good indication of a moisture problem which should be addressed.
Etymology: Middle English mowlde, perhaps alteration of mowle, from moulen to grow moldy, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Danish mul mold
1: a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales)
2: a fungus that produces mold.
- Merriam-Webster dictionary
Did you know: Under ideal situations mould spores can start to multiply every 20 minutes?