The Differences Between Moss and Mold

Moss and mold both can have a similar appearance but are entirely different from one another. Both are types of fungus that survive in moist, humid conditions where there is little light. They grow on porous materials that are made from organic materials. Some items you may find moss or mold on are: wood, fabric, paper, drywall, insulation, food, etc.

The main way to tell them apart is by their appearance.



Moss is a plant that needs sunlight and soil to grow in the environment. It is a fungus that is related to mushrooms that uses decaying organic matter to produce its energy. Moss needs sunlight but mold does not.

Seamless texture from dirty moldy brick wall


Mold can be black, yellow, or green and have a fuzzy or slimy texture. Mold growth can appear to be moss or plant-like and eats away at whatever it is growing on. Certain strains are extremely toxic for people living in close proximity to them. This is because as mold grows it continues to spread poisonous spores into the air. Exposure to these spores can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, shortness of breath, high fevers, and other allergic reactions.


Places You Find Moss and Mold

Both tend to grow in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, basements, crawl spaces, attics, and garages. These areas can present conditions that allow both to persist even after they have been removed.

What To Do When You Discover Mold

Stay away from the area where you discovered the mold. It could be a type that is extremely toxic to your health. Call professionals to come and inspect the home to find out if there is more mold growing that you are unaware of. They will have the area professionally inspected and remove the mold from all areas of the home.

How To Prevent Mold Growth

Use a dehumidifier to allow air to circulate in your home in order to keep the areas dry so that mold doesn’t have the necessary conditions for growth. Rooms where mold grows easily such as bathrooms and kitchens should be cleaned thoroughly and well with disinfectants.



Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
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Van Nuys, CA 91411


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