Common Mold Types And Their Dangers

It is almost impossible for any homeowner not to be affected by mold at some point in the life cycle of their home. Mold is almost unavoidable because it flourishes in an environment where moisture is present.

The modern home has a variety of locations and appliances that contribute toward a moisture rich environment. bathrooms and kitchens are only two of the most obvious examples.

Leaving mold untreated can cause a variety of harmful conditions such as respiratory problems and in some extreme cases allergic reactions that can be life-threatening. There are also varieties of molds that can cause even worse physiological reactions.

Image result for Aspergillus green moldThereĀ are a number of different molds that can become problematic in the home – but some of the most common are as follows.

Green mold can usually be found in cabinets or growing on walls. It can also be found on fabrics where moisture is present. The green molds are usually from the Aspergillus, Penicillium or Cladosporium species. These are molds which can cause flu-like symptoms and in extreme cases even pneumonia.

The second common type of mold is the black mold variety. This type of mold can be especially damaging to the health of the occupants of the home. Normal black mold can be treated with common chemicals that are specifically designed for mold control. however, there is a specific type of black mold that is known as Stachybotrys -toxic black mold’.

This mold produces mycotoxins. These can cause damage to the reproductive system, respiratory problems, vision issues and damage the circulatory system.

They can also cause severe neurological damage leading to hallucinations and seizures.

If you think that you have a problem with black mold it may be a good idea to find a mold removal company that will fix it completely. It is far better to be safe than sorry.

 

Sources

https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Aspergillus

Mold Spawning in Your Home

Mold infestations in your home is one of the most dangerous problems the structure can bring onto you and your family. Mold is sneaky, easily spread, and commonly dangerous. Imagine you have a small leak in your home and clean up the leak within the day. You leave the problem “fixed” and don’t ever think about it again.

Now fast forward to months later…you are walking on your wood floors and fell a softness in a wood board. What could possibly be the cause of this? Well, you guessed it. The small flood in your home months earlier has decided to stay for a while and leave problems in your floors, probably including MOLD! Mold is easily started by leaks and water damage, even if you think you cleaned it all up. The smallest amount of enclosed moisture, including humidity, can be just enough to start a mold spore which then just grows and grows. The mold spawns from moisture and thrives in that environment. Keeping moisture and humidity enclosed in your home is one of the main causes of mold. HOWEVER, this is not the only way mold can start spreading in your home!

There are many other factors that can contribute to mold growth which is why it’s always important to get mold inspections from professionals when you have a reason to believe you have mold!

Home Services

D and J Service Center is your home service concierge, helping those in our community find services and products to maintain their home including the best plumbers, painters, quality roofers and siders, great landscaping, trusted mold removal, handy flooring as well as many other jobs and tasks needed to sustain a beautiful, clean and healthy home.

There are many things you can do on the daily or even monthly, to maintain the quality of your home. This is a great thing to keep in mind when going through your normal routines because just a couple extra minutes a day of maintenance can keep your home looking great for much longer. However, what we will say is if you have kids sometimes the mess and destruction is inevitable!

Here are Some of the Best Practices to Maintain the Quality of Your Home:

  1. Clean your roof every 3 months
  2. Clean your backyard fence every 6 months
  3. Trim your Grass every 3 weeks at least
  4. Make sure you have shutters/other disaster protection ready for every possible occurrence
  5. Clean off your cabinets especially in the kitchen
  6. Clean off your driveway when you clean your roof
  7. Make routine checks for leaks, water damage, mold, etc