How to Identify and Eliminate Mold in Your Home

Health and wellness is on everyone’s mind these days. And while we should always be concerned with potential threats in the general public, it’s just as important to pay attention to potential problem areas INSIDE YOUR home.

Although not all mold is toxic, it is a nasty problem to deal with. In the wake of conditions such as downpours and storms, mold can grow quickly in a matter of 1-2 days. 

Today we are sharing with you risks of mold, how to spot growth in your home and how to eliminate safely.


Mold Risks

When mold grows on a surface, it eats away the material and damages the structure. The longer the mold is on the surface, the more damage it will cause. Eventually, if not treated, the mold will ultimately destroy the material and leave it unusable. 

Mold in your home can be a serious risk that overtime can have a negative affect on your health. According to the real-time lab, approx. 4.6 million cases have been reported in the U.S. attributable to toxic mold exposure. This caused asthma and other health-related problems.

Anyone exposed to mold can suffer from allergies, including coughing, wheezing, and irritation to your skin and eyes. 

A friendly reminder both for you and your home…the longer the exposure, the more serious problems become!

Toxic Mold Types

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow almost anywhere in the world. Mold has become a hot topic due to its rising awareness about serious health issues. Most people are not aware of how many toxic Mold species there are. But the estimate ranges from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Some of the types of Mold aren’t hazardous for human health, while some can cause serious chronic illnesses.

Here is a look at a few of the different types of Mold that you can face at your home:

Acremonium

It is a toxigenic mold that transforms its appearance over time. In the initial stages, it starts as a small moist, but it turns into a powdery substance with time. The growth of Acremonium can be optimal in the water activity levels between 0.90 & 0.98. Its color is often white, orange, pink, or grey.

This mold type typically grows in homes that emit condensation from humidifiers, window sealants, and drainpipes. It is a very hazardous mold that can cause disease in the bone marrow and other organs. You can take care of it yourself by using bleach and a water solution. Simply spraying on top of the growth and then brush it off for complete annihilation.

Alternaria

It is one of the most common forms of allergenic mold present across the world. It has a velvet structure with brown or dark green hair.

The Alternaria can grow in those areas which have high dampness such as showers, bathtubs, and below leaking pipes. Alternaria can grow rapidly because of water damage to the building. The Mold can cause allergies like asthma in the upper respiratory system, such as the nose and mouth.

Removing Alternaria can only be a job for professionals. The use of bleach and water solution is ineffective for this Mold as it requires a high concentration of chlorine for its removal.

Aspergillus

It is the common form of toxic mold that is found in the American households. It consists of long flask-shaped spores that have a thick wall of Mold. There are approximately 180 species of Aspergillus, but fewer than 40 of them are known to cause infections in humans.

Aspergillus exposure can lead to asthma attacks, inflammation of organs, and lung infections. It also produced deadly carcinogens. It is not recommended to clean this Mold yourself, so you should call a professional mold removal team.

Aureobasidium

It is a toxic mold that usually grows behind painted wooden surfaces and wallpapers. It often grows in damp and dry places. The toxic Mold has a black, pink, or brown color.

With time the toxic Mold turns into a darker brown color. The common causes associated with are infections of the skin, eyes, and nails. Toxic Mold should not be directly touched as it can cause a skin rash.

Prevent Mold Growth

Molds can be a pain to get rid of but with proper care and a professional team to help you with the removal can save you from the hassle. The few recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that you should keep the humidity levels low, carpets should be avoided in moisture areas, and quickly fix leaks around the house.

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