1. Mold is a fungus
Like any fungus, mold sprouts from spores. Those spores are usually free-floating in your environment at all times, and only need a catalyst to grow into an active fungus infestation. That catalyst is water in any form, whether it be a puddle or humidity in the air.
2. Mold grows on organic surfaces
This can include food and plant matter, but you would be surprised what else is considered "organic." This includes the drywall of your walls and ceilings, as well as wooden floorboards and furniture upholstery.
3. Black mold doesn't always start off black
Black mold can start as gray, green, white, or yellow, before darkening through stages to brown and then black.
4. Mold is not the same as mildew
Mold and mildew are two different types of fungus. They can be differentiated by color, texture, and growth patterns. Mold is fuzzy and thick, while mildew has a soft, powdery texture.
5. Mold can often only be detected by trained professionals
Certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of East Portland can identify mold that isn't apparent to the naked eye. Call SERVPRO to help you develop strategies for mold prevention and cleanup.