Did you know that there are many different types of molds that can be found in your home or business? Everyone knows that mold can have negative affects on our health and wellbeing, but a determining factor on how it affects us will be what kind of mold you are exposed to. There are 3 main classifications for mold:
- Allergenic mold is commonly responsible for allergies and allergy-like symptoms- runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, throat and sinus irritation, congestion, headaches, etc. Allergenic molds can also be responsible for respiratory issues
- Pathogenic mold is especially dangerous for those who are immunocompromised and commonly causes infections
- Toxic mold is the most dangerous, and can affect pets and humans alike. Harm can be caused to anyone who breathes in mold spores or comes into contact with this type of mold. Prolonged or extreme exposure can even be fatal.
Here are some of the most common household molds and how they are classified, as well as some identifying factors.
This mold is most commonly known as black mold. Black mold is toxic and should always be handled by a professional when it comes to its removal. It is often identified by its slimy texture, and can be found not just in black but also in dark greens, and loves to grow on paper products and wood. Moisture is a necessary resource for black mold to grow. It can frequently be found in areas that were exposed to water damage, leaks, or even high humidity. Mycotoxins are produced by black mold that make it so dangerous. This carcinogen can greatly affect your immune system and can be fatal. Some symptoms of being exposed to black mold include fever, persistent cough, extreme headaches, nosebleeds, and allergy symptoms.
If you have found a white or green colony of mold there is a chance that it can be the allergenic Trichoderma. This mold likes to grow in your HVAC systems, but can also be found on wallpaper carpets, and other fabrics and upholstery. It is worth noting that this type of mold produces an enzyme that can cause great damage to wood and paper goods.
With over 100 different species, Aspergillus can be classified as an allergenic or pathogenic mold depending on which one you find. It is hard to give any identifiers as this mold can be found in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. In general, aspergillus gives those exposed to it allergic reactions and can sometimes affect the respiratory system. The side effects of aspergillus exposure will depend on the immune and respiratory system of those exposed to it and can range from mild to severe.
Cladosporium is the most common type of mold. It is classified as an allergenic mold, and makes its home on any sort of porous surface or material. Along with allergy-like symptoms, cladosporium can cause skin irritation and rashes.
These are just a few of the unwelcome houseguests we know as mold. If you know or suspect you may have mold, you should seek out mold removal services right away. Don’t put your health and home or business at risk. Contact APR Restoration right away to begin your mold removal process.