Types of Molds and How to Avoid Them

Types of Molds

You can protect your home from many things by reinforcing its walls and foundation or building it on stilts to protect from floods, but every home remains under the threat of mold. Yes, that icky green-blue fungus that gives us penicillin and sometimes ruins the bread or bagels can grow anywhere on Earth.

Mold doesn’t just create an unsightly ruin to your décor, it presents a health danger. Some molds are toxic, and all molds can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as allergies. Three categories of harmful mold exist:

Allergenic: This type causes or exacerbate allergies and asthma attacks.

Pathogenic: This type causes those with an acute illness further health issue.

Toxigenic: This type produces toxic substances that can cause serious illness or death.

While up to a few hundred thousand mold species exist, you don’t need to watch for all of them in your home. You do need to know which types of molds will most likely sprout up and in what conditions. Caught quickly, you can have the problem treated by a professional mold abatement company. You also may need to contact Palumbo Law, property insurance claim attorneys.

Review this list of mold types, then check your home for them. Pay closest attention to your home’s bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, basement, garage, Florida room, pool house, roof, and window seals.

1. Acremonium: This toxigenic mold changes appearance as it grows beginning as a tiny moist white, pink, or grey mold that develops a fine powder. Look for this type in HVAC systems in the cooling coils, drain pans, humidifiers, and window sealants. It can cause bone marrow disease, immune system issues, and affect brain function. It can grow with strachybotrys, another type of dangerous mold.

2. Alternaria: This common allergenic mold type appears velvety brown or dark green and springs up in damp spots like bathrooms. When your home incurs water damage, this will likely grow.

3. Aspergillus: Another common allergenic mold, it grows in thick layers on walls. More than 185 species exist of this type, and they grow different colors. Some of these molds produce the deadly carcinogen aflatoxins.

4. Aureobasidium: Look for the allergenic mold aureobasidium when you remove wallpaper or growing on wood or painted surfaces. Typically, in its early development, this mold appears black, pink, or brown, but as it ages, it becomes dark brown. Skin infections may develop from this mold.

5. Chaetomium: In a water-damaged environment, you’ll commonly see this mold growing. It looks a bit like cotton and moves through color stages, beginning white then darkening to grey, brown, and finally black. Look for it at the sight of roof leaks. You’ll smell it, too. This mold creates musty odors.

6. Cladosporium: This allergenic mold can grow in cold and warm conditions. It prefers carpets, fabrics, and upholsteries, but will also take up residence floorboards and in cupboards. It looks like brown or olive-green suede.

7. Fusarium: This toxigenic and allergenic mold grows in cold temperatures. It prefers to make a home in carpet, fabrics, and wallpaper. This quick spreading mold appears white, red, or pink and can cause bone infections or brain abscess.

8. Mucor: This allergenic mold develops in thick patches, appearing grey or white. Watch for it in HVAC systems and ducts. Condensation moisture provides the catalyst for this mold type. It causes respiratory issues and makes asthma worse. Prolonged exposure can cause mucormycosis, a potentially deadly disease.

9. Penicillin: This blue or green allergenic mold looks like velvet and develops in homes with water-damage. It prefers carpet, mattresses, wallpaper, and ducts. This type also spreads quickly, so have it treated as soon as you spot it in any room. Have leaks fixed to ensure it does not re-develop.

10. Stachybotrys: This toxigenic type, commonly called black mold, can actually grow dark green or black and it causes allergic reactions. It enjoys wet, damp areas and high humidity. It develops most often on cardboard, hay, paper, wicker, or wood.

11. Trichoderma: This allergenic mold has five subspecies, but each typically develops white with green patches. These appear wool textured and clustered but become more compact as they develop. This type favors damp or wet fabrics, wallpaper, and carpet.

12. Ulocladium: This mold features two subspecies and both thrive in water and wet conditions. This dangerous mold grows in areas of high condensation levels in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. It causes allergic reactions, skin infections, and asthma-like symptoms.

Your mold development might not have occurred due to natural causes, such as water damage from a severe thunderstorm. It may have occurred from a man-made reason. Perhaps you purchased a home with existing mold, but it wasn’t discovered until after purchase.

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