For the third installment in FP Property Restoration’s mold month blog series, our Sarasota restoration pros are going to break down the most common types of mold you may find on your property. Mold is a diverse type of organism, and countless species may show up in your commercial or residential property. However, certain types of mold may be more harmful to the people in your home or business than others, and it’s important to be able to differentiate, in order to be as safe as possible.
The 7 MostCommon Types of Mold You May Find on Your Property:
1. Greenish/Brownish/Grayish Mold – The Cladosporium Genus: The Cladosporium genus of mold is often found outdoors on leaves, yet it may grow inside your insulation, or on damp carpets. If you find this greenish/brownish/grayish mold inside your home, make sure to get it taken care of right away, since it has been known to cause skin and eye irritation, sinus infections, and in the most serious (and rare) cases, brain infections.
2. Blueish/Greenish/White Mold – The Penicillium Genus: Mold that has a bluish, greenish, or white color generally belongs to the Penicillium genus, and is typically found on food. However, in the right condition, property owners may also find it growing on their walls. While it is not known for causing life-threating reactions, it can make allergy symptoms worse.
3. Yellowish/Greenish/Blackish Mold – The Aspergillus Genus: You may find the Aspergillus genus on your property if it has suffered water damage. While it does not usually cause health problems, you should still call a professional if you spot yellowy-greenish/blackish mold right away, as Aspergillus has been known to cause inflation for those that have breathing problems, and can even lead to chronic pulmonary aspergillosis.
4. Blackish/Grayish Mold – The Alternaria Genus: Alternaria is another type of mold most commonly found outside, however, Alternaria spores often intermingle with dust indoors, causing an asthmatic reaction for those with respiratory issues.
5. Pinkish Mold – The Serratia Marcescens Genus: You know that pink, slimy stuff you sometimes find in your bathroom, usually around the tub or sink? That’s Serratia Marcescens. Many people assume this material is bacteria, it is actually a mold that thrives on soap scum and shampoo residue. Serratia Marcescens has been known to cause urinary tract and respiratory infections, but only in extremely rare cases. It’s still worth taking care of, but you may be able to eliminate it with a home remedy, rather than through calling a professional. It is essential, however, to make sure you keep glasses and contacts away from this kind of mold, since there have been a few cases of Serratia Marcescens infecting people’s corneas.
6. Greenish-Blackish Mold – The Stachbotrys Genus: And now, we come to the big one; the one you’ve probably been waiting to hear about. Stachbotrys genus, aka the infamous “black mold.” We’ve talked about this type of toxic mold numerous times before on this blog, and while it’s worth noting that the health effects the Stachbotrys genus can have on a person are serious, ranging from fevers to migraines to lung inflammation, it is also fairly rare. Stachbotrys thrives on high-cellulose, low-nitrogen surfaces like drywall, so you will want to watch these areas of your property especially closely if you have recently experienced water damage.
7. Green Mold – Multiple Kind of Fungus: There are literally thousands of types of green mold. While most of these fungi are harmless, you should still call a property restoration pro if you see one, just to be safe.
Tune in next time for more mold information from FP Property Restoration, or call us now at (888) 408-2335. Our Sarasota property restoration experts are also available online.