Residential real estate expert witness Steve Cohen writes this on mold:
Mold (fungi) can be found indoors and outdoors and is present everywhere. Of the more than 100,000 species of mold, at least 1,000 species are common in the U.S. Some of the most commonly found species are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus.
Molds reproduce by producing tiny spores. The spores float through the indoor and outdoor air continuously. When spores land on a damp area indoors, they may begin growing and digesting the material they have landed on in order to survive. Molds can grow on a variety of materials, but the most common are wood, paper, carpet and food. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth often occurs.
There is no practical way to eliminate mold spores from the environment. In fact, mold plays a vital role in breaking down moist decaying materials in nature. Health problems with mold can occur when it is present indoors and spores are inhaled by those with immune related sensitivity.
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