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Most Common Types Of Mold

ASPERGILLUS PENICILLIUM

Aspergillus Penicillium

  • Appearance
    Brown or green in color and spreads almost like a blanket
  • Commonly Found
    Under sheetrock, carpets, HVAC systems and air tight structures
  • Health Risks
    Respiratory system issues, skin infections, irritations, ear and eye issues
  • Toxic
    Some species in this genus can produce toxins
CLADOSPORIUM

Cladosporium

  • Appearance
    Most common variety. Olive green, *black or brown in color and often appears in patches or "splotches"
  • Commonly Found
    Found in structures, HVAC systems, fiberglass material, attics, bathrooms and high humidity areas
  • Health Risks
    Hay fever, asthma and lung disorders
  • Toxic
    Species in this genus are not known to produce toxins
STACHYBOTRYS - BLACK MOLD

Stachybotrys "Black Mold"

  • Appearance
    Dark green/black in color and often appears "slimy"
  • Commonly Found
    Typically only grows on wet/saturated paper products, but can grow on completely saturated wood. Thrives in warm, moist environments but often forms on carpets, drywall, ceiling tiles, and in basements and crawlspaces
  • Health Risks
    Respiratory distress, kidney/bladder issues, immune system, depression eyes/nose and mouth irritation
  • Toxic
    This genus can produce toxins and poses serious health threats

4 Things For Mold To Exist & Thrive

temperature

Temperature

of 50 degrees or higher

moisture

Moisture

moisture or relative humidity higher than 50%

food sourse

Food Source

wood, leather, natural fibers

lighting

Lighting

limited light exposure

Areas Where Mold Can Be Problematic

numbered house

Mold typically thrives in damp, humid areas like basements, bathrooms and areas around heating and cooling appliances. Mold can also occur in or around carpets, air ducts and crawlspaces.

  1. Bathrooms & Kitchens
  2. Attics & Crawlspaces
  3. Basements
  4. HVAC & Air Duct Systems
  5. Flooring
  6. Walls
  7. Any Wood Material

Prevention

Clear Clutter

Adequate ventilation aids in preventing mold issues by reducing moisture within a structure. The less clutter you have, the better and more efficient your property will 'breathe'.

Climate Control

Mold problems tend to spike during the hot and humid weather patterns. If you set your thermostat too high, humidity will rise, and if you set it too low, and water vapors can collect on surfaces – both circumstances are conducive mold growth conditions.

Watch Humidity Levels

Adding an inexpensive indoor humidity monitor is an easy way to keep a watch on levels. During warmer months, levels can reach 55% on average. If indoor readings reach or exceed 60% than you may need to assess where the extra moisture is coming from.

Eliminate Standing Water

There can be many sources of excess moisture on the inside of a structure. If the most obvious sources are not the primary cause, you may want to investigate your hot water tank, sub-pump, refrigerator, and basement doors and windows for puddles and any standing water.

Invest In A Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air which is a primary cause of mold problems in structures. Dehumidifiers that can effectively dehumidify an average sized home ranges between $1,100-$2,000. If only certain areas of the structure are in need of dehumidification, a smaller portable system would most likely work. Portable units can range between $150-$200.

Hire A Professional

Whenever a mold issue is discovered, the best course of action is to hire a professional in a timely manner. If there is evident mold growth that exceeds 10 sq. ft., it’s time to call in a professional remediation company.

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