Mold growth is, unfortunately, a very common problem for many homeowners. However mold comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors. While it may not be essential knowledge to be able to distinguish between what specific types of mold you see in your home, it can certainly be helpful. We at Certi-Dry in the Madison area work on removing many types of mold each and every day. Below is a little bit about the most common molds likely to cause you a problem.
Acremonium looks like a powdery substance that can be pink, grey, orange, or white in color. It most commonly grows in household systems like humidifiers, cooling coils, and window sealants. Acremonium is one of the more dangerous types of mold. It can cause problems in your bone marrow, immune system, and other organs. It is also a carcinogen meaning it can impair brain function in serious cases.
If you see mold in your home, odds are it is Alternaria. It is the most common form of mold in the world. It has dark green or brown hairs. You are most likely to find it in showers, bathtubs, and leaky sinks. It is also the most common type of mold that forms after a home is affected by water damage. It can cause asthma-like symptoms causing issues with your respiratory system.
Aspergillus is another form of mold commonly found in households. It can form thick walls of mold that spread quickly. It can come in a vast variety of different colors. Typically, Aspergillus can cause symptoms like asthma attacks, lung infections, and respiratory inflammation.
Aureobasidium is an allergenic mold that can sometimes be found growing behind wallpaper or on painted or wooden surfaces. It usually develops in a pink, brown or black color. As it ages, it usually turns a darker brown color. The primary health risk of aureobasidium is its ability to cause infections of eye, skin, and nails. Because of its potential to cause dermatitis (skin rashes), it should never be touched directly with bare skin.
Chaetomium is usually found in water-damaged buildings. Its texture is comparable to cotton and it changes colors from white to grey to brown and finally black over time. It can most easily be recognized by its distinct musty odor. It can cause health conditions like skin and nail infections. In serious cases, it can produce mycotoxins which are especially toxic to those who already have compromised immune systems.
Now that you know all about these different types of mold you will hopefully be able to recognize certain types of molds when you see them. This will help you know how dangerous or likely to spread that specific strain of mold may be. Nonetheless, when you find and identify this mold you should not hesitate to contact a professional cleaning and restoration company. In the Madison area, Certi-Dry may just be the company for you!