Mold can practically grow anywhere and everywhere, whether inside your house or on the outside. This organism typically thrives in damp and dark environments where temperatures range from 60 – 80 Fahrenheit. Some types of molds are considered to be dangerous.
Mold thrives in places with high moisture content, so it is advisable to keep your house as dry as possible. Water damage due to minor (or major) leaks, excessive rainfall or storms, damaged plumbing lines, etc. can all make your house favorable to a host of different mold. While it is useful to know what kinds of mold can cause problems, it is important that you remove any factors that may cause mold in the house. Contacting residential water damage restoration services may just be the solution if you need to find out whether there is water damage in your home or you face an emergency water damage situation. As mentioned, water accumulation in less accessible areas of the house may lead to unwanted problems (one of them being hazardous mold) if gone unnoticed. Not all mold is dangerous, however.
To understand which molds are dangerous and which are harmless, you must first know about the different types of molds that may grow in your house.
Alternaria is the most common type of allergenic household mold. It’s a velvet-textured mold with dark green or brown hair. It is often found in carpets, textiles, house dust, plant soil and potentially damp areas like window frames and showerheads. This large spore mold can get deposited in your nose, mouth, and upper respiratory tract to cause respiratory issues.
Aspergillus has more than 185 species and is present in different colors. It has long flask-shaped spores that can form thick layers or long chains of mold growth on surfaces. This type of mold is found in house dust, building materials, fall leaves, and other decomposing matter like compost piles. Aspergillus can lead to asthma attacks, lung infections, and respiratory inflammation. Certain Aspergillus species are capable of producing aflatoxins, a deadly carcinogen.
Cladosporium is the most commonly identified outdoor mold, but it can quickly enter the house through the HVAC system and other airflow passages (so you may wish to call someone like Abraham AC and Heating Services, Inc to come and do any necessary maintenance work, as they will be able to spot any other problems with your system that could become troublesome in the future). The indoor species of Cladosporium grows on textiles, upholsteries, wood and other porous, damp areas. It is an olive-green or brown-colored mold with a suede-like texture. Cladosporium typically causes allergic reactions to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, skin rash and lesions, asthma, lung infections, and sinusitis.
Chaetomium has a cotton-like texture and usually changes colors from white to grey to brown and eventually to black over time. This mold is found in the wet or leaking roof, basement, sink, ducts, and pipes, and is recognizable by its musty odor. Chaetomium isn’t as dangerous as other household molds but can cause minor skin and nail infections.
Mucor is an allergenic mold that is white or grayish and overgrows in thick patches. It often grows near the HVAC systems and ducts due to moisture from condensation. Mucor can also grow on old, damp carpets and upholsteries. Mucor causes various issues in the respiratory system such as asthma, difficulty in breathing and flu-like symptoms including fever and malaise.
Stachybotrys, also known as toxic black mold thrives in warm, damp and humid conditions. It grows on cellulose material such as woods, cardboard, paper, hay or wicker. This mold produces airborne toxins (mycotoxins) that can cause serious breathing difficulties, memory and hearing loss, sinusitis, dizziness, flu-like symptoms and bleeding in the lungs.
Ulocladium is another black-colored mold that grows in moist places or places with stagnant water. It is typically found in homes and buildings that have experienced extreme water damage. This is why it is so important to contact a water damage restoration company that you can trust to prevent the occurrences of this mold. Ulocladium may develop in conjunction with other mold types such as Stachybotrys, Fusarium, and Chaetomium.
Check places like bathrooms, basements, roofs and window seals for harmful mold growth. You can also hire our experienced home inspectors for a complete mold inspection to identify mold growths in every corner of your house. Get rid of these unwanted growths from your house to live in a safe environment.