Mould – A Generalized Overview
This is part 1 Of 5 part series. (Yes, there is that much to say about mould!)
Mould is becoming a growing concern for a lot of Canadian families. Unfortunately not a lot of people know the facts and this adds to the concerns. So we have complied the information for you and made it easy to get a quick back ground knowledge of mould and educate yourself with the ability to protect your family from mould.
Also known as fungi and mildew, moulds are found in the majority of indoor and outdoor environments. Mould spores ubiquitous to both indoor and outdoor environments include Aspergillius, Penicillium, and Cladosporium.
Moulds start from spores, microscopic seed-like structures that settle on surfaces, where if given the correct substrate, moisture and temperature condition’s begin to grow hyphae, thread-like structures. Eventually the hyphae grow into a visible mass known as mycelium that most people would identify as mould.
Over time, spores can develop that can easily be deposited onto adjacent areas to begin a new growth. As they multiply, they can lead to degradation of indoor air quality and building materials.
When excessive moisture or relative humidity is present, the composition of mould begins to support water tolerant species that include Stachybotrys, Ulocladium and Chaetomium spores. Some species of Stachybotrys, Aspergillius, Penicillium and Chaetomium can produce mycotoxins that are known to have health effects on occupants with allergies or suppressed immune systems.
If you have specific questions or would like to discuss your specific situation please do not hesitate to contact us at Kenneth Homes Design Build Inc.
Upcoming Series On Everything To Know About Mould:
Part 2: I Have Mould… What Is My Next Step?
Part 3: What To Expect From An Environmental Consultant
Part 4: What Are The Categories Of Mould?
Part 5: What Are The Categories Of Water Damage?