If you’re a homeowner, you never want to find out that your house has a mold problem. Molds can grow almost anywhere, but they love damp and wet areas. Mold can be difficult to prevent, tough to get rid of, and can lead to health problems in humans and animals.
But finding mold in your home isn’t always cause for a scare. While all mold issues should be treated, some are more dangerous than others. Many classes of common household molds are virtually harmless. Others, though, can lead to serious side effects with short-term or long-term exposure.
Below, the maid service professionals from Maid Right® have listed four dangerous household molds that every homeowner should be familiar with.
Four Dangerous Household Molds
The following four household molds are commonly found in homes and should be immediately treated if discovered. Note that many other species of common household molds can also cause health issues, but are considered less dangerous than the four listed below.
- Aspergillus Fumigatus. Aspergillus fumigatus is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, and can also grow on food soil, and decaying organic matter. It has a smoky grey/green appearance on its surface, and often has a wooly or granular appearance. Exposure commonly causes respiratory issues, particularly in children, the elderly, and those with compromised respiratory systems.
- Aspergillus Versicolor. Aspergillus versicolor is a cousin of aspergillus fumigatus, belonging to the same genus of molds. It can be found in mattresses and carpeting. It usually has a powdery surface, and it can appear in a range of colors, including off-white, beige, gray, yellow, green, and red. Many instances of aspergillus versicolor will have a multicolor appearance. It is commonly associated with nail infections.
- Fusarium Molds. Fusarium is a genus of molds that covers a number of different mold species, all of which can cause infections in human beings. These species of mold are commonly found on wallpapers, but are most often found in soils. They have a range of appearance characteristics. Common infections include eye and nail infections, but can extend to other parts of the body or the bloodstream in people with weak immune systems.
- Stachybotrys Molds. Also known as “black mold,” stachybotrys chartarum and stachybotrys chlorohalonata are the most common well-known type of toxic mold found in homes. As the nickname indicates, the molds have a black appearance, and often have a green-ish or brown-ish halo around their edge. They are commonly found in wallpapers and gypsum-based drywall with severe water damage. Stachybotrys exposure is linked to a number of negative health effects in human beings, including symptoms like coughing, sneezing, fatigues, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and severe respiratory issues.
Identifying Household Molds
It can be difficult for the average homeowner to differentiate one kind of mold from another. Many molds share similar visual characteristics, and it can be easy to mistake stains caused by other problems for a mold infestation. While the list above will help you identify which types of mold represent an immediate danger to human health, you should rely on a professional to identify the type, extent, and severity of any mold issues in your home.
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