Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Life Cycle of Mold Growth

Mold needs moisture to grow, which means it can be a nuisance in coastal cities like Boston. Once mold starts growing in a residential or commercial building, it may be challenging to determine if the problem needs to be addressed by a professional. Since mold growth can stay dormant for years but continually repeat its growth cycle once conditions are ideal, it’s important to know the stages of the mold life cycle.

Hyphae Growth

A close up of a mold growth
It all begins with hyphae growth. Hyphae are thin, small, and stringy cells that release enzymes that basically "eat" nutrients from organic material, such as wood or plant debris. As the hyphae consume nutrients, it grows to a visible size, which is called a mycelium.

Spore Formation

Once the mycelium forms, the fungus develops spores—if the conditions are right. Like any other fungus, mold spores will only form with the right combination of light, oxygen, and temperature.

Spore Dispersal

After the spores form they disperse and release fungus into the air. They can stay dormant for years until they fall into an area with the right conditions to germinate. But this is where damp East Coast air comes into play. Mold spores grow when they fall in an area with a lot of excess moisture. The more access they have to damp cellulose material, the better they grow.

Spore Germination

When the spores land in a moist area with access to organic material, the mold growth cycle begins all over again. If the conditions are right, residents and business owners may end up with a serious mold problem quite quickly.

Do you think you have mold growing in your home? The best way to know for sure is to schedule a mold inspection. The specialists at ASAP Environmental, Inc. offer comprehensive inspections and risk assessments of mold growth in the Boston area. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.

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