Moist and dark environments usually encourage mold growth, especially in temperatures between 60 to 80 Fahrenheit. When you see it in your home, make sure to contact a mold restoration specialist immediately. Identifying and eliminating mold as soon as possible can help your family avoid infections, respiratory conditions, allergy and asthma attacks, and other health risks.
Continue to reading to learn about some of the most common types of mold found in homes.
The most common type of allergenic mold, Alternaria, features a velvet texture and is a green or brown color. It grows wherever there is moisture, making it a common sight in tubs, below leaking sinks and showers. Alternaria is also often the result of commercial or residential water damage. It means that water in crawl space and roof leaks can all lead to the growth of this mold. This type of mold can potentially cause asthma-like symptoms in your mouth, nose and upper respiratory tract.
Acremonium mold initially starts a tiny moist mold that changes into a powdery substance. It usually comes in a white, gray, pink, or orange color. You can usually see this type of mold in drain pans, humidifiers, cooling coils, and window sealants. Getting rid of acremonium is vital because exposure can be detrimental to your immune system, bone marrow and other organs.
This allergenic mold has a pink, black, or brown color but typically turns into dark brown as it ages. Aureobadisidium mold is typically found behind wallpapers and painted or wood surfaces. It increases the risk of skin, eye and nail infections.
Another type of allergenic mold, Cladosporium, has an olive-green color with a texture similar to suede. You can frequently see it on fabrics, carpets, wood floors, cabinets and upholsteries. When unaddressed, it can cause respiratory and breathing problems.
Typically in gray or white color, mucor is a mold that grows in highly moist environments, such as near HVAC units, ductwork, and old, damp carpets. It can cause symptoms similar to asthma and flu. Contact a professional to get rid of mucor immediately because it also increases the risk of fungal infection that can damage your sinuses, nose, lungs, eyes and brain.
While playing a major role in antibiotic production and food processing, penicillium can still cause pulmonary inflammation, asthma, respiratory issues, and even chronic sinusitis. It spreads fast and has a bluish or greenish color and a velvety texture. Penicillium is common in wallpapers, ducts, carpets and mattresses.
Stachybotrys or Black Mold
Also known as black mold, Stachybotrys has a black or green color and a slimy texture. It thrives in excessively wet and humid environments and often grows in cardboard, wicker, and wood. Black mold can cause serious health concerns and symptoms, such as depression, breathing difficulties and fatigue. It can also cause neurological problems and pulmonary bleed in children and infants.
No matter what type of mold you find in your home, Special Touch Restoration can help you get rid of them. You can also count on us for your basement water damage and fire restoration needs. Call us at (256) 330-4822 (North AL) or (251) 512-1424 (South AL). You can also fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.