Ultimate Mold Guide: Everything You Need to Know

I say “mold and mildew,” you say “ew.”

A mold infestation is everyone’s biggest home nightmare. The gross, little spores are sneaky and hard to notice until they’ve become a full-blown situation. Even if you don’t have mold or mildew yet, you still need to know what it means, what to do about it, and what risks it poses to the health of you and your family. Consider this your cheat sheet for mold (and mildew).

1 of 29 What is mold?

There are so many different types of mold that it would take hours to explain them all to you, but what you do need to know is that mold is made up of tiny spores that like to grow on decaying organic material. For example, it likes to grow on food, inside walls, and anywhere there is moisture. Like most people, you’ve experienced the fuzzy, usually white, blue, or green mold that grows on an old piece of bread, but there is another type as well.

The second type of mold that may grow in your home looks slimy, and it is more commonly found on bathroom ceilings/walls or in other rooms that have high humidity. Mold can be found in many other colors as well, including red, brown, and black. Not all types of mold are a threat to human health, but there are some toxic species that can cause serious issues. Even though some are harmless, mold is still gross and not welcome in our homes.

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