Mould is a term that refers to fungi that use microscopic spores to reproduce. Out in the wild, these moulds are an important part of the ecosystem, since they help organic materials to biodegrade.
Inside our buildings, some moulds can rot our food and houseplants, while some others can affect the structural integrity of the building and even our health. Mould usually has a fuzzy appearance, and can be brown, black, green, orange, purple or pink.
When it comes to the mould’s toxicity, it’s important to remember that mould may be black in colour without actually being the toxic black mould known as Stachybotrys chartarum. This particular type of mould is capable of releasing mycotoxins, which can cause severe health problems like fever, bleeding in the lungs, and more.