What are Spores Posted on April 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm.Written by Peter Kakoczky What is a Mold Spore? As a living organism, mold needs a way to reproduce. That is where spores some in. Spores are the reproduction method for fungus and algae. Since mold is a fungus, its means of reproduction is through spores, which are asexual, and don’t need to combine with anything else in order to reproduce. Spores are much like seeds, but are much quicker and have a higher reproduction rate. How do spores travel? Traveling through the air, mold spores are always with us, inside and outside. If they were able to stay outside, they wouldn’t be a problem, but they enter our homes everytime we open a window or a door. Then, once they are inside, their movement and ability to spread is assisted by our activities that cause air movement, such as cleaning and vacuuming. It’s kind of frustrating to think that some of the things we do to eliminate these problems are the very things that help spread them. Signs of a mold problem Mold is not only unsightly, but it can be unhealthy and cause or increase respiratory problems. Although we don’t need to be paranoid about watching for mold, we do need to be aware of any signs of mold growth: Your nose might be the first to notice that musty smell of mold. Though you may not be able to see the mold, you may be able to smell it. Have you discovered a leak? Leaks are one of the largest contributors to mold problems. Mold begins fast, it only takes about 24-48 hours for water damaged surfaces to start showing signs of growth. Visible signs of mold isn’t always consistent, it could look black, brown or even orange, and it could be fuzzy or slimy. It’s recommended that if you have spotted mold growing in your home and it is in an area of about 10 sq feet or more, you should probably have a trained professional come out and assess the damage and risk. Not all mold is toxic, but unless you have been trained, you won’t know the difference, don’t take a chance with yours our your family’s health. Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider for the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, or Tacoma We can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.