Do you have questions about mold testing, sampling, or removal? Here’s our list of the most common frequently asked questions about mold. If your question is not listed, give us a call at (503) 659-8338 or send us a message. Please click the question to drop down to the answer.
- What causes mold to form in a house?
- Where does mold grow in a home?
- What different types of mold are there?
- What is the most common type of mold in the Pacific Northwest?
- How do I identify black mold?
- How do I collect a mold sample?
- What are the adverse health effects of mold exposure?
- Is airborne mold toxic?
- Is mold poisonous?
What causes mold to form in a house?
Mold in your house can be caused by excess moisture. This along with spores, warmth, and darkness provide a cozy place for mold to grow.
Where does mold grow in a home?
Mold needs a food source as well. Wood, cotton, and drywall are examples of food for the mold to grow on. Places where mold may be found are basements, crawlspaces, behind furniture, hidden in wall cavities, ceiling, floors, insulation, air ducts, and near plumbing. Please see our blog for how to find hidden mold in your home.
What different types of mold are there?
There are truly over 100,000 types of mold!
What is the most common type of mold in the Pacific Northwest?
The most common household molds in the Pacific Northwest are alternaria, aspergillus, aureobasidium, chaetomium, cladosporium, fusarium, penicillium, stachybotrys chartarum, serpula lacrymans, trichoderma, and ulocladium.
How do I identify black mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as Black Mold, mold can be easy to identify. Look for a black color, either a slimy or fuzzy texture, and a mildewy odor.
How do I collect a mold sample?
Please see our how to collect a mold sample page.
What are the adverse health effects of mold exposure?
The health effects of mold and symptoms may cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, skin irritation, and even more serious issues like infections and sickness.
Is airborne mold toxic?
Mold becomes airborne when it produces spores, those spores become dried out or disturbed, and the spores release into the air. It can be toxic too depending on the type of mold it is and how sensitive the person is. It can cause cold-like symptoms and asthma-like symptoms. Even without sensitivities mold can be toxic. For example, aspergillus has the potential to produce a carcinogen.
Is mold poisonous?
Mold is not defined as poisonous. Molds are a toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins. Some of the more serious mold health effects can lead to harm and even death.
Need to test for mold?
Our chain of custody form has instructions for dropping off and mailing in samples.