What is Mold?

Molds are organisms which are neither plant nor animal. They are part of the fungi kingdom.

Unlike plants, molds do not get their energy from the sun through photosynthesis. In fact the sun’s ultraviolet light inhibits mold growth.

Molds also digest or “eat” the material they are growing on. The role of mold is to break down decaying organic matter such as dead plants, leaves or dead animals.

Outdoors, you can find mold growing in places like soil, wood, decaying plants and dead animals.

Some places where mold likes to grow in the home include carpet, paper, clothes, leather, drywall, wood, insulation and food.

Not all mold is toxic mold.