3 Of The Most Commonly Encountered Types Of Mold
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The key to winning the war against household mold is to know your enemy well. In a perfect world, all mold would look the same and loudly announce itself upon arrival (along with instructions for how to kill it as quickly and inexpensively as possible). Unfortunately, mold isn’t nearly that polite when it invades, so we have to take it upon ourselves to be able to spot mold varieties using our own knowledge.
Thankfully, in the age of information, we’ve got more than a few resources to stay on top of what we need to know about what mold types look like when they arrive. Stay on the lookout for these common mold varieties that may pop up in your home under certain conditions.
One of the most commonly encountered fungi families is Cladosporium. Cladosporium envelopes a wide margin of the molds that people will typically be found in the olive green zone of the color spectrum, though it can also be found in black. Cladosporium can be described as having a consistency that is somewhat similar to table pepper, and though it’s not technically toxic, it can still cause irritating symptoms in those with allergies.
The Aspergillus family contains several hundred different distinctions of mold species. It has a somewhat velvet-like texture and grows rapidly, usually within a window of about three days. Aspergillus can come in a diverse variety of colors, generally white at the start of its lifespan before converting into varying shades of black, brown, green or yellow. Aspergillus, unlike Cladosporium, has members of the family that can pose a serious toxic hazard if ingested through food or the air.
Stachybotrys Atra (“Black Mold”)
Stachybotrys Atra’s dark appearance earned it the nickname “black mold”. Black mold is most commonly found in places that have been damaged by extended water exposure or generally pervasive dampness. You might find black mold in your home if you’ve got wallpaper in a place with a very high level of airborne moisture. In some circumstances, black mold can also manifest in grain or in soil. Black mold, like Aspergillus, has been associated with a number of potential health problems in both animals and humans if ingested.
If you’re concerned about the potential for mold types like the above in your home, contact us today for assistance.