Mold removal is very important only because it make your home look dirty but more importantly, because it can affect your health. Mold can be categorized in three categories based on how it affects your body.
This mold type affects people with Asthma, allergies, or any other respiratory problems. Some researches indicate that around 25% of humans are allergic to mold. However, the rest of the population has no symptoms when breathing air infected with mold spores.
Pathogenic mold has powers to infect and cause serious diseases. Usually, people with a suppressed immune system are affected. Small children and older people may also be affected by pathogenic mold because of a weaker immune system.
The fear of mold comes from toxic molds. Toxic molds are rarely found in a house, but because of the extremely dangerous type of mold, you should always be on the alert that the mold you see is maybe toxic. Toxic mold is releasing mycotoxins, which are one of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet. Not only is this toxic mold dangerous to all humans but also to all living things on the planet earth. Mycotoxins are found on mold as well as on mold spores, which means that you should immediately remove yourself from the room with toxic mold. Breathing such dangerous mold is dangerous. Because of such danger and high toxicity, it is best to leave toxic mold removing process to professional mold busters.
THE MOST COMMON HOUSEHOLD MOLD TYPES
From over 100,000 mold species, the only about a dozen of them are found in the house. But this does not mean that the other 100 000 cannot be found in the house, it all depends on the house type, light source, water source, and other sources needed by some mold.
Acremonium mold’s appearance evolves over time. It first starts out as a small moist mold that turns into a fine powdery substance. Acremonium mold is often pink, grey, orange or white in color. It typically grows in household systems and areas such as condensation from humidifiers, cooling coils, and window sealants.
Alternaria is a common house mold which in most cases will only trigger allergic reactions. In some cases, breathing Alternaria spores may lead to Asthma. Alternaria is also pathogen, which means that people with a weak immune system. You can recognize Alternaria by the fluffy texture of dark green or brown color. Some Alternaria species can be toxic
Aspergillus is one of the most common molds found in the house. This mold has a few hundred subspecies, and some of them are toxic. This mold loves carbon, sugar, salt, and is mostly found on bread or other sources rich with the food they desire. Some types of Aspergillus can also grow on low carbon sources like damp walls.
Chaetomium is a dark mold commonly found on walls, but it can also be found in soil, air, and plants. Infections and allergic reactions are possible.
Cladosporium is one of the most common outdoor and indoor molds. Outdoors this mold loves to hang on plants. Indoors mold can grow on wet surfaces or on spoiled food. Cladosporium is not really dangerous mold and is very often not pathogenic to humans, but in some cases can produce VOCs which can be linked with bad smell.
Penicillium is probably the most famous fungi which we can thank for antibiotics. And on the other side of good and evil is the species of Penicillium which release mycotoxins.
Stachybotrys Chartarum is also called black mold or toxic black mold, which is one of the most dangerous molds you can have in the house. Black mold likes soil and grain, but it is mostly found in old damp buildings with cellulose-rich material. The good news is that even if you do get infected by black mold, not all of it is releasing mycotoxins and mold over time lose the power to release mycotoxins. Nonetheless, you should immediately appoint a professional mold removal company if you are infected with black mold.
Ulocladium lives on spoiled food or plants. It is also found in damp areas of the house from where it can spread to other food sources. Ulocladium releases spores in the air, which may cause respiratory problems and people with a weak immune system can also get infected with this fungi because some species are pathogenic. You can recognize Ulocladium by brown, black or grey color and cotton-like texture.
As you can see, most of the mold species listed here are dangerous in the way or another to humans. All mold species release spores because of that they are more or less causing problems to people with respiratory problems. Some of the mold species are extremely dangerous. When you find dangerous mold in you home, call Restoration Authority’s mold removal services.