Mold is a type of fungus which lives by breaking down dead material and returning nutrients to its environment. Mold digests plant and animal material to grow, feeding off of dirt, bark, wood, paper, or leaves. It spreads itself by releasing floating spores that drift through the air. Mold favors damp, dark locales and is fond of garbage, piles of rotting leaves or other yard waste, and humid basements.
On food, mold often is visible on the food’s surface, such as the fuzzy green spots that appear on bread. However, mold has tiny roots and “fingers” that allow it to spread. As it grows, the mold’s roots can penetrate deep inside the food, where it cannot be seen. For these reasons, mold detection can sometimes be difficult. Usually, mold detection is signaled by the smell of it. It carries in the air a pungent smell that most people associate with older homes, or wet basements. Because it prefers dark cramped quarters, mold detection is something that might have to be actively approached in order to find the source.
These days, as with anything else, mold detection has evolved. Where as before mold detection was simply walking around with a flashlight searching, it is now part of a high tech science and business, in order to assure and guarantee that all mold has been detected, and appropriately handled. The new breakthrough in mold detection is actually canine power. Dogs, with a better sense of smell than humans, are naturally equipped to assist in mold detection. Now, businesses specialize in training dogs for the purpose of mold detection, allowing the home owner to hire the business to find his or her mold problem, and eliminate it. With these naturally advancements the operation of mold detection is now a much easier one, with better results, making the clean up effort easier as well.