Did you know there are over 100,000 species of mold in nature? Luckily, there are only a few types of mold that are likely to be found in homes. When mold growth occurs, the fungi can cause a variety of health issues. And fortunately, these risks can be reduced if you’re able to spot these types of mold early on and hire a Franchise Professional . Providing residential restoration services in Vineland, NJ, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County highlights some of the most common types of mold—and how to spot them.
5 Common Molds Found Indoors
As an allergenic mold, Aspergillus is known to cause sinus problems, as well as chronic eye and ear infections. People with compromised immune systems, however, can experience more severe symptoms—including infection of vital organs. This fungus is typically found growing on food or in ventilation systems. Aspergillus grows in many different colors and is typically identified by its thick, fuzzy appearance.
Brown and olive-green in appearance, Cladosporium is commonly found growing in carpets, fabrics, and within cupboards. While not as severe as other types of mold, cladosporium can still trigger a variety of unpleasant symptoms including respiratory problems, as well as skin and eye irritation.
Franchise Professionals typically find Alternaria growing in shower tiles, bathroom walls, under leaking sinks, or anywhere there is water damage. This fungus is green and brown, has tiny hairs, and typically appears in a combination of streaks and spots. As an allergenic mold, Alternaria is known to cause throat and nose irritation, which can lead to severe breathing problems—especially among people with asthma or COPD, say the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County.
Despite being used to create life-saving antibiotics, Penicillium (not to be confused with the actual antibiotic, penicillin) can be fairly detrimental to your health. Specifically, breathing in spores can cause lung inflammation and asthma flare-ups, leading to a variety of respiratory issues. Penicillium typically grows wherever excess moisture and water damage is present, taking on a velvety blue-green appearance.
This black-brown, slimy fungus is commonly found on wood, paper, and cardboard surfaces—and one that requires immediate attention from a mold remediation Franchise Professional. While not as common as other types of mold listed above, Stachybotrys is one of the most dangerous. Also known as “toxic black mold,” according to Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County, Stachybotrys produces toxins that can cause serious health problems. Exposure can lead to sinus infections, respiratory issues, headaches, nosebleeds, depression, and fatigue. If children are exposed to the mold, they may develop neurological issues and bleeding in the lungs.
If you spot fungal growth in your home, trying to clean it yourself could endanger your health. That’s why you should count on SERVPRO® of Cumberland County for thorough and reliable mold remediation. With more than 50 years of experience, this provider knows how to safely clear out mold, as well as identify and resolve water damage issues that may be contributing to the problem. Visit these Franchise Professionals online to learn more about their extensive restoration and cleaning services or call 856-692-0041 to request prompt assistance.