Educating homeowners on the types of mold and signs of exposure.
This type of mold is commonly referred to as “black mold” due to its slimy black appearance. It has a musty or mildewy odor and can be found in damp areas of the property. It is one of the most dangerous types of mold because it produces toxic compounds called mycotoxins that can cause serious health problems, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, headaches, memory loss and respiratory damage.
Aspergillus spores are common types of mold present in the indoor air we breathe. Most people have no reaction to this type of mold, however those who are allergic can experience allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and lung infections.
Chaetomium produces a musty odor and is similar in appearance to black mold. It is found in homes with water damage, and thrives in damp, wet, dark environments such as drywall, carpet, wallpaper, baseboards, and window frames. Exposure can cause red, watery eyes, trouble breathing, and neurological damage.
Alternaria mold is dark- grey, brown or black in color. It is often found outdoors but can grow indoors in damp places like showers or under sinks with leaky pipes. It is a well-known allergy-causing mold that can be easily spread from one area of the home to another. Exposure can cold allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
This type of mold is usually olive green, brown or black, and often grows on fabrics, carpet, and wood surfaces like floorboards and cabinets. While most mold prefers warm climates, Cladosporium can grown in cooler areas as well. This mold can cause a variety of respiratory problems.
Fusarium, like Cladosporium can grow and spread at lower temperatures. It can appear pale and bright in color. These types of mold are commonly found in plant debris, water damaged carpeting, fabrics, and drywall. People with compromised immune systems are vulnerable to infections from fusarium exposure.
What to Do If You Suspect Toxic Mold in Your Home
Because of the potential for serious health threat, it is important you seek professional help if you suspect toxic types of mold in your home. The first step is to have your home professionally tested by BioFore. We will perform a thorough inspection and test several areas in your home.
Next, samples are sent to our laboratories to determine if there are harmful species in your home. After testing, we will recommend next steps for returning your home to a safe and healthy environment. Once the mold has been removed, we provide post abatement testing services to ensure that the mold levels in your home are safe.
If you suspect toxic types of mold in your home, book your test with the experts today. Call 858-368-9519.
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For more information on the health risks of mold exposure, visit www.cdc.gov/mold/