Whenever you hear the word mold, many of us associate it with the word dangerous. Well in some cases, mold can be very dangerous to those exposed to it. Depending on the type of mold you are dealing with in your home, the impact or significance the mold can have on your home and health can vary. The most difficult challenge for many homeowners is identifying first that mold is present in the home and second what type of mold they are dealing with as well as the best plan of attack for each type. We are gonna break down the most common types of household molds and the how best to identify each varying type.
Mold Identification is Key
Identifying mold in your home is the first step in piecing together a plan of attack. Mold, unfortunately, exists in every household no matter how perfectly you maintain your home. It just so happens to be a natural part of the air in any home, but only becomes a real issue if it is given the opportunity to grow and spread. If mold is given the chance to grow and spread it can start to cause respiratory problems, especially in those with suppressed immune systems, who suffer from allergies or have asthma-related issues. Some common indicators of mold can be discolorations in your ceiling, wall, or floor. The color of mold can range from black, blue, orange, red, violet, white, or yellow.
Another indicator of mold is the musty smell it elicits into your home, especially on your wood or drywall because mold tends to feed on these types of materials. Lastly, the size of the spot can vary from small patches to large spots, those large spots are a cause of concern and should be paid attention to as soon as possible.
Recognizing Household Mold Types
Mold is many times linked together and assessed as just one form. However, there are many different forms of mold that fall under different categories. While they all share common characteristics, they can vary in color, appearance, and other features. It is important as a homeowner to know about the different types of mold and how it can affect you.
One type of mold that is commonly found in homes is Penicillium. Penicillium is a form of mold that is frequently found in things like insulation, carpeting, wallpaper, and rotting fabrics. The big recognizable feature for this type of mold is the color in which it appears in your home. Unlike most molds that are dark colors like black and brown, Penicillium is more of a blue, green, and yellow hue.
Mold is usually classified as toxic and detrimental to our health, however, Penicillium actually can aid our health in a different way. It has medical use as a key substance in a beneficial antibiotic because of the mycotoxins it contains. Nevertheless, this type of mold can still be toxic to your health so taking steps in removing it from your home is important.
Do you walk into your home and start to experience all the fun signs of allergy, like sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes? Well, your home may have traces of Alternaria mold somewhere hidden causing you to experience these symptoms. Alternaria is one of the most common types of mold and ranks as the primary cause of allergic reactions. The conditions also play a key role in the development of this type of mold, as it thrives during the summer when dry winds move spores indoors. The best place to look for this mold is in wet areas because it is usually found after water damage or a flood.
Aspergillus is a type of mold that is classified as a toxic mold, which is defined by production of mycotoxins that can cause serious health problems in humans and animals. The symptoms of Aspergillus exposure include respiratory problems, bone pain, chest pain, and vision problems. This mold tends to grow around dust mainly on walls, clothing, and paper and you can see it has a yellowish-green appearance.
Classified as one of the more strong types of mold, because Cladosporium can grow at almost any temperature including in cold environments. Cladosporium is a less toxic form of mold with fewer health effects than many other molds but asthma attacks are prevalent when this mold is in the environment. However, if you wish to remain in optimal health you should remove this mold as soon as it is discovered.
Stachybotrys (Black Mold)
Stachybotrys is a black and slimy, extremely hazardous mold that should be removed right away from your home. This mold carries with it carcinogens that can cause asthma and will suppress your immune system if you are exposed to it for long periods of time. The areas to watch out for the growth of this mold is on particleboard, cardboard, hay, wicker, and drywall.
Solution to Control Mold in Your Home
Unfortunately, if there is mold present in your home you do need to take action and remove it so that it doesn’t spread or impact your health. Mold can especially be difficult to remove, so you may consider calling a mold remediation specialists to remove the mold completely and thoroughly. However, even though all the mold is gone from the surfaces of your home does not mean that your air is free and clear from residual mold toxins. This is where an effective air purifier may be necessary to help clean your air and aid in the quality of your health.
The EnviroKlenz Mobile UV Model uses our own patented EnviroKlenz technology with a HEPA filtration. This air purifier has the added capability to capture and eliminate microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and viruses by utilizing ultraviolet germicidal radiation (UVC). So not only does this air purifier remove odors, chemicals, and toxins, but it also is able to effectively neutralize and eliminate mold out of your home’s air.
Mold can be growing in the smallest spaces of your home and it can be quite a process to determine not only what kind of mold is present but what your steps need to be to eliminate the mold. By having a plan of action you can make your home a safe and toxic free environment.
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