There are literally over 100,000 of different types of mold in the world, and while some are extremely harmless, there are a few you definitely want to watch out for. Here at FP Property Restoration, we are proud to provide licensed mold remediation to homeowners and business-owners throughout the state of Florida. But before you figure out if you’ve got a mold problem on your hands, it’s important to know which kind of mold you are dealing with. Keep reading to learn the five most common molds you find in Florida, and remember that FP is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all your essential property restoration and cleaning needs.
The Top 5 Types of Mold You Are Like to See in Your Florida Home:
- Alternaria: Alternaria is the dark, velvety green mold you may know by its soft texture. It thrives in damp conditions, so you are likely to see it after a leak or significant water damage occurs. To wit, it is most common in dank, moist places like bathrooms or basements. Alternaria is a serious allergen, and can cause asthma-like symptoms and serve irritation in the nose and mouth, so make sure to have it taken care of ASAP if you find it in your home.
- Penicillium: Penicillium is one of the most common types of mold that you will find in your home. This blueish green, velvety mold tends to grow on expired food products and is dangerous if eaten. It can also start to grow after flooding occurs, and may lead to allergy-like symptoms, such as a respiratory infection, so make sure to watch out for it on your property.
- Cladosporium: An allergenic mold with an olive-green or brownish hue, you will know Cladosporium by its suede-like texture. One of the things that makes Cladosporium unique is that it can thrive in warm and cold conditions, and you may find it growing in your carpet, fabric, upholstery, as well as various other parts of your house.
- Aspergillus: Aspergillus is an allergenic mold that often grows inside HVAC systems, as well as around areas that have experienced water damage. Aspergillus can cause an asthmatic reaction and even lead to a pulmonary infection, so it is a good idea to have your HVAC ducts checked for it, as the last thing you want is toxic mold spores being pumped around your indoor air.
- Stachybotrys: Commonly referred to as the notorious “black mold,” Stachybotrys is one of the most dangerous types of mold you may find in your home. It is also one of the worst side effects of water damage, and can cause flu-like symptoms and even be fatal for pets, children, the elderly, and individuals in immuno-compromised groups. If you see black mold, do not wait—call our mold remediation experts at FP Property Restoration immediately.