The Geographical Distribution of Mold

Mold Remediation in Central Florida

Just like birds and insects, which are found throughout the world, the mold fungus also has a wide distribution on our planet. In fact, there are over a million species of mold, and at least 20,000 species of what is commonly called black mold. In indoor properties, mold is associated with warm, damp environments, such as attics, basements and washrooms, but in the great outdoors it also makes its presence known in warm and dry places. Different types of mold might be more limited to certain localities. So no matter where you live, mold spores will be present, and they will be able to colonize areas that attract them through the presence of high humidity.

Black Mold

The most common form of this type is from the genus Strachbotrys, of which there are at least fifteen different species with a worldwide distribution. Like many types of fungus, it is capable of producing mycotoxins, potentially harmful substances, but that does not mean it is always harmful. Here are a few more interesting facts about this strain of mold:

It grows well on straw, hay, paper, insulation, ceiling tiles and other surfaces
It thrives under moist conditions of higher than 45% humidity
It has trouble growing on plastic, vinyl, ceramic tiles and concrete
It cannot be definitely identified though a visual inspection

Mold cleanup by a qualified mold mitigation company in Tampa, FL should pay special attention to any surfaces that have been affected. In some cases, the persistent residue of mold requires the replacement of materials such as drywall and carpeting.
Mold Remediation
The effective treatment of black mold and other types of mold should seek to limit the chances of a recurrence of the problem. This is done by eliminating the water source that prompted the mold to grow in the first place, and by a thorough cleaning of all areas impacted by the fungus.

Call All American Water Restoration at the first signs of mold!

What is Black Mold?