Realizing that you have a mold problem in your home is no doubt cause for concern. After all, most types of mold will negatively impact your health in some form or another while some types can even be deadly. Health consequences aside, mold is also one of the worst eyesores that a home can have.
If you have spotted mold growing in your home, it may be beneficial to identify what type of mold it is. Below, we’ll cover eight types of mold that are commonly found growing inside of homes.
All Mold is Serious
Before we dive into the various types of mold that can plague a home, it’s important to mention that mold is serious problem that needs to be addressed no matter what type it is. Just because you determine that the mold in your home is not one of the most dangerous types doesn’t mean it’s not still dangerous to some degree. If you spot mold in your home – no matter what type of mold it is – it is important to contact a mold removal expert as soon as possible. With that said, here are some of the more common types of mold that you may be dealing with.
Stachybotrys chartarum is a type of mold more commonly known by its infamous name – black mold. Black mold is the most dangerous of any mold type due to the toxic compounds that it releases. These toxins can cause severe sinus issues, depression, asthma, fatigue and more.
Black mold is most often found in damp areas such as near air conditioning ducts and pipes. It can be identified by its dark black color, slimy texture, and musty smell.
Ulocladium mold typically only forms in areas that have experienced severe water damage. If flooding has damaged your home, though, you may notice this mold growing on your floors and walls in the damaged area. While not directly toxic, ulocladium can cause allergic reactions.
Since ulocladium mold is also black in color, it can be difficult to distinguish between ulocladium mold and black mold.
While trichoderma mold is not as dangerous as black mold, it is a toxin-producing mold that can cause sinus infections and allergic reactions. This type of mold is commonly found in damp areas and can be identified by the white and green clusters that it grows in.
Serpula lacrymans is a type of mold that is more commonly found outdoors. However, it can grow indoors as well. Serpula lacrymans only grows on wooden surfaces, and, if it is growing on the wood inside your home, it can lead to dry rot. Serpula lacrymans can be identified by its yellowish color and the fact that it only grows on wooden surfaces,
Penicillin mold may have given us one of the most effective antibiotics known to man, but it can be a real problem if it’s growing inside your home. The presence of penicillin mold in your home can cause sinus problems and allergic reactions. This type of mold is identifiable by its bluish-green color and velvet-like texture.
If you’ve ever noticed mold growing on a fruit or vegetable, it was most likely mucor mold. While commonly found on decaying food, this type of mold can grow on damp areas inside your home as well. Prolonged exposure to mucor mold can cause respiratory issues, flu-like symptoms, mucormycosis, and more. This type of mold can be identified by its grayish-white color and its thick, fuzzy texture.
Fusarium mold typically grows on fabric such as carpet and is more common in cold climates. Exposure to this type of mold can cause respiratory issues, nausea, allergic reactions, and even life-threatening conditions such as brain abscesses. Fusarium mold is identifiable by that fact that it grows on fabrics as well as the mold’s pink or white color.
Chaetomium mold is most often found in drywall that has experienced water damage. Exposure to chaetomium mold can cause nail and skin infections as well as weaken your immune system.
When chaetomium mold first begins to grow it will be white in color. As the mold ages, though, it can begin to turn gray and eventually turn black. Chaetomium mold also has a distinct musty smell and a cotton-like texture.
What to do if You Find Mold in Your Home
If you notice mold of any type growing in your home, it is essential to contact a mold removal expert as soon as possible. Given that most all molds can have negative health effects and some types can be deadly, mold is not something to be trifled with.
At Abry Brothers, we are experts at removing mold in a way that is non-intrusive and completely effective. If you would like to learn more about how we can eliminate the mold in your home, we invite you to contact us today.