Would YOU recognize mold growing in your house?
Cumberland County homeowners: if you saw mold in your home or farmhouse, would you recognize it? Mold is a type of fungi that can be found in certain conditions indoors and outside. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that there are “tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more” types in existence.
This is where our expertise comes into play. Our trained professionals can identify different types of mold, and what potential problems they can cause.
Mold is broken into different types of hazard classes:
• Hazard Class A: the highest risk of infection, hazard or creation of toxins and should be removed immediately if discovered.
• Hazard Class B: this group is known to cause allergic reactions, but not directly toxic.
• Hazard Class C: these molds aren’t known to cause health risks, but can cause damage to the things they are growing on.
The most common type of indoor molds includes Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Stachybotrys chartarum and Aspergillus.
Cladosporium, hazard class B and C, is one of the most common types of mold inside of houses because it can grow in cool areas, as well as warm and humid places. It’s often found on fabrics, carpets, toilets, air ducts, wood surfaces, and wood floors. When Cladosporium starts to grow, it’s black in color. Though the color may be worrisome to homeowners, the real danger is that their spores become airborne and can spread all around your house without you even realizing it.
Another common type is Penicillium, classified as B or C, is found on things that have already been exposed to water. Carpet, wallpaper, insulation and furniture that have ever been wet or damp have a great chance of growing this blue or green mold. If you’ve ever seen moldy fruits or cheeses inside your home it was caused by Penicillium, a common food mold.
Alternaria, hazard class B, is a common outdoor mold that appears in greenhouses or farmhouses, but can also make appearances inside, especially in your basement around those leaky pipes.
Stachybotrys chartarum is a “black mold” and is under hazard class A because it sometimes is referred to as “toxic.” The mold itself is not toxic; it produces a toxic compound called mycotoxins, which can cause health issues for anybody that comes into contact with it. Sometimes when it grows, you may notice a musty smell along with it. This type of mold only grows in damp environments.
One of the most popular molds that grow indoors is Aspergillus, which falls into both hazard classes A and B. It grows where there are high amounts of sugar and salt content. This is a common food spoiler and is known to grow on starchy foods like bread and potatoes. It can also grow on walls, insulation and damp clothing.
All molds that are found inside your home are serious health risks. While not all of them are toxic, they can trigger health issues including respiratory issues, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, severe sinus infections, lung inflammation and more.
Don’t let these molds take over your home and make you or your family sick. Call us at 888.665.3259 for assistance with all of your mold inspection and removal needs.