Visiting our website may be your first foray into learning about mold and how it affects your home, office, and health. In order to better serve you, Tennessee Mold Solutions wants to provide you with a glossary of mold terminology. We believe the more you understand about mold, the more likely you are to do something about it when it invades your living space.

Mold is not a plant or an animal, but a member of the kingdom of fungi. Not all fungi are mold, but all mold is fungi. Mold is useful in decomposition as it helps to break down organic materials with its naturally occurring enzymes.

Mold Colonies are groups of mold that live in close proximity to each other. Within 24-48 hours, mold begins to colonize under the right conditions.

Spores are the microscopic reproductive cells of mold. Mold spores are very lightweight and when they become airborne, the wind, or air conditioner if indoors, blows them around. They often land in new areas, and if the conditions are correct, they begin reproducing.

Infestations occur when a colony begins to multiply and takes over an area.

Black Mold is a species of mold that is often referred to as “toxic black mold”. Black mold’s scientific name is Stachybotrys Chartarum, and it can be quite dangerous to a person’s health. Not every black mold is Stachybotrys Chartarum, but every Stachybotrys Chartarum is black. When black mold eats, it produces mycotoxins.

Mycotoxin is a word derived from two Greek words meaning “fungus” and “poison”. About one hundred species of mold produce mycotoxins, the most common being black mold. When mold eats the organic material on which it settles, it produces toxic chemicals called mycotoxins. Some of the known effects of contact with mycotoxins are migraine headache, skin rash, sneezing, bleeding nose, coughing, itchy red eyes, weakened immune system, and more.

Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) are a byproduct of toxic molds. These potentially deadly compounds are released into the air and carry antigens, causing allergic reactions in some people. Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds cause the musty, dank odor that is smelled when mold is present.

Mold Remediation is the process of containing, killing, and removing toxic and non-toxic molds from an environment, then correcting the problem that caused the mold growth in the first place.

A Mold Inspection is a non-invasive process performed by a qualified mold professional, of looking at areas of a home or business to identify if mold colonies or infestations exists or if there is a potential for it due to problem conditions.