Florida Mold

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Learn About Florida Mold

In 1969, molds and mildew were reclassified into their own biological kingdom under the name "fungi." Unlike other members of the kingdom, such as mushrooms and yeast, mold is usually not welcome by other plants and animals. In fact, mold and most other fungi feed on dead or decaying organic matter. They are an important part of the recycling of dead organic material.

Lately, mold has been in the news a lot. In some cases, it has been blamed for a variety of diseases in humans and damage to property. Many people experience allergy symptoms in the presence of mold. These symptoms are usually mild, but there are studies being done all the time to determine if there are serious diseases resulting from long-term exposure to mold.

Florida Mold Issues

Because of its relatively moist environmental tendencies, Floridians often have to deal with mold issues. Mold loves heat and water. That's why one place most Florida homes have mold is around bathtubs and showers. Florida homes can even have mold under wallpaper, especially vinyl wallpapers that trap moisture.

Mold can be found under roof eaves and even clinging to trees around Florida homes. When the four essentials for mold growth are present, and they often are in the state, mold can form on a wide variety of surfaces. In order for mold to grow, there must be available mold spores, mold food, warm temperatures, and moisture. Florida mold gives off a number of odors, but it most often smells like damp, musty woods.

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