Mold glossary

The most frequently used terms connected with the mold problem are listed below:

ALLERGEN- for example a mold spore. A substance that can cause allergic reaction.

CONTAINMENT- all kinds of methods used to prevent airborne from spreading into adjacent areas.

DISINFECTANT- a substance that helps to reduce the number of bacteria, microorganisms, fungi spores, etc.

DISINFECTION- the process of elimination of undesirable bacteria, microorganisms, etc.
FUNGI- a very numerous (about 10 million species) kingdom of organisms, including, among others, mushrooms and molds.

FUNGISTATIC- a chemical substance that restricts the growth of fungi on a certain area.

HIDDEN MOLD- a very dangerous form of mold. It grows on building materials and is very hard to notice, since it frequently occurs beneath carpeting, between walls, behind fixed furniture, etc.

HYPERSENSITIVITY PNEUMOTISIS- a serious illness caused by allergens, including mold spores.

MYCOTOXIN-  a very dangerous substance produced by fungi.

REMEDIATION- a series of activities that aims at removing indoor mold, preventing its further growth and restoring the areas to a usable state.

SPORE- a kind of reproductive cell, practically invisible. It can sustain very harsh conditions.

TOXIGENIC- an organism that is able to produce toxins. Example: fungi.