Mold vs. Mould? What’s the big difference?
The only difference between mold and mould is the spelling! Americans spell its “mold” and in Britain it is spelled as “mould”. There is really no wrong or right way to write it, it comes down to personally preference as they both mean the same thing and refer to the fungus we often find in our homes, attics and garages.
What’s the difference between Black Mold and Regular Mold?
While certain molds or moulds can be toxic, its difficult to determine their toxicity solely based on their color. Did you know there are over 100,000 different types of mold? In all honesty all types of mold could be dangerous to your health and cause negative symptoms when they start to produce toxins. It is important to note that not all molds are created equal, some are more toxic than others which can also cause damage to your home. Some are not as harmful but shouldn’t reside in your home because they are still capable of causing structural damage to your property. An example would be black mold, it is the most commonly know mold. This mold is know as a “Stachybotrys” which is the dangerous fungi that causes respiratory issues, allergies, aches and pains and migraines. Although toxic mold can can also come in other colors, and black mold is not always toxic.
What are the main types of Mold/Mould?
There are twelve common types of mold that you could find in your home, garage or attic: Stachybotrys, Penicillium, Fusarium, Aspergillus, Acremonium, Alternaria, Auerobasidium, Chaetomium, Mucor, Trichoderma, Ulocladium, and Cladosporium. Each of these moulds has its own unique characteristics and health effects, which is why it’s crucial to know which type of mold you are dealing with before attempting to remove it. Performing an indoor air quality test will identify exactly which types of moulds are present in your home and the relative quantity.
How to tell if there is Mold/Mould in your home?
With Mould/Mold it is not always visible to the naked eye. It can form in the attic, behind walls, behind furniture and under carpet. The major tell tale signs include a foul musty moldy odour in the home as well as staining on the ceiling, walls or floor. If your indoor air quality feels “wet” or not a fresh as before, that could be a sign mold is forming in your home. Symptoms such as skin rashes, fatigue, or respiratory issues, shortness of breath can also indicate that there’s mold existing within your home.
I’ve found Mold/Mould how do I know if it is toxic?
To identify if the mold/mould in your home is toxic it is best to contact a professional to perform a mold test. This will identify exactly the time of mold in the home and there are toxic mold spores present in the air.
Should all Mold be removed and remediated?
The answer is yes! Regardless of the type of mold within your home or business, you should always have it cleaned and removed. Mold can spread extremely quickly, so if it is left unattended it will only continue to grow and cause damage to your property and overall health. You can’t get around it, every home will have a little mold hidden somewhere. Although if you suspect mold may be harming your indoor air quality and your families health it is best to contact Coastal Pure Air right away. We provide indoor air quality tests to determine exactly what type of mold you have and remove it from your home. To learn more about our services or contact us directly to schedule a free no obligation consultation.
In conclusion if it is spelled Mould or Mold it needs to be remediated and removed as soon as possible!