What Are The Different Mold Types and The Importance of Removing It

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There are different mold types but no matter what type your home or workspace has, it is important to have the mold removed by experts such as the professionally-trained team at ServiceMaster Fire & Water Damage Restoration. If your family has been suffering from one health condition after another, mold could be the culprit, and the sooner you get It removed, the better. Knowing the different mold types and the importance of mold removal may just save your life and the health of your family.

Harmful mold can be either toxigenic, pathogenic, or allergenic. Also known as toxic mold, toxigenic mold produces poisonous substances that can eventually be deadly. Pathogenic mold can cause problems with those already suffering from serious illnesses. Allergenic mold produces asthma attacks, allergic reactions, and allergies. Here are different types of mold that could occur at work or at home. Knowing the different types helps you identify mold in your area so you know how to deal with the specific types

Here are the Different Mold Types and the Importance of Mold Removal:

Fusarium

Capable of spreading in both cold and warm temperatures, this toxigenic mold type is also allergenic. It grows in water-damaged homes. It is found in fabrics, wallpaper, and carpeting. This reddish, white or pink mold grows naturally in compost and food products as well. Fusarium exposure causes infections in the skin such as dermatitis, itchy eyes, sneezing, running nose, and sore throats. 

Cladosporium

This allergenic type of mold grows in both cold or warm conditions. Often, it is found thriving indoors on carpets, upholsteries, and fabrics. Cladosporium presents itself inside cupboards and under floorboards. This brown-colored and olive green mold has a texture like suede. Typically, this type of mold causes allergies to the skin, throat, nose, and eyes. Exposure causes sinusitis, lung infections, asthma, lesions, and skin rashes. 

Chaetomium

Found in buildings or homes with water damage, Chaetomium has a texture like cotton and alters its color from grey to brown and later to black. Usually, this mold is found in a leaking, damp roof, sink, or basement. Health effects such as nail or skin infections are the result of this mold, It can also produce mycotoxins that are dangerous particularly to people whose systems of immunity are compromised. It chronically grows in moist conditions. It is important to repair any water damages in your home to prevent the growth of Chaetomium mold.

Aureobasidium

This kind of mold is found usually behind wooden or painted surfaces. Usually, Aureobasidium develops black, brown, or pink color and turns dark brown as it ages. It causes a skin rash or dermatitis as well as nail, skin, and eye infections. 

Aspergillus

A common household mold, this type of mold has flask-shaped, long spores that form thick walls and layers of the mold. There are 185 mold species of Aspergillus and this comes in various colors. It can cause respiratory inflammation, lung infection, and asthma attacks.

Alternaria

The most common allergenic mold form in the world, Alternaria is a brown or dark-green, velvet-textured allergenic mold that grows in damp areas. In houses, this mold grows under sinks that leak, bathtubs or showers. Alternaria is a common species of mold that results in an effect of water damage to a building or a home. This mold causes symptoms that are similar to asthma including the mouth, nose, and respiratory tract ailments.

Acremonium

This toxigenic mold alters its appearance over time. It begins as a moist, small mold that turns into a powdery fine substance. Often white, orange, grey, or pink, this type of mold grows in areas such as window sealants, drain pans, cooling coils, humidifiers, and other spaces where there is condensation.

Ulocladium

This type of mold grows in water and wet areas. Found in buildings and homes with water damage, this mold is usually black. It can be found in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens as well as in high-condensation areas. This mold is a real indicator of water damage. People with immune disorders and a predisposition to allergies will suffer from severe reactions when exposed to Ulocladium, and feel as if they have hay fever. Other symptoms include difficulty breathing and symptoms like asthma.

Trichoderma

Trichoderma is a type of allergenic mold with five subspecies. Green patchy and white, this colony of mold grows compactly and grows in wooly clusters. Wet surfaces such as damp fabrics, carpets, or wallpaper are where this mold thrives. You can also find it in condensation areas such as HVAC systems and air-conditioning filters. Most molds of this type are none-pathogenic. Others are linked to liver infections and pulmonary infections. Call a professional if you suspect that there is Trichoderma in your living space.

Stachybotrys

Also known as “black mold,” Stachybotrys is a toxigenic mold that causes allergies. Black, dark greenish, and slimy, this type of mold exists in high levels of humidity and thrives in wet areas. Wicker, hay, paper, cardboard, or woods as well as other cellulose material are conducive to the growth of Stachybotrys. Health problems caused by this type of cold include depression, fatigue, sinusitis, difficulty breathing, dull pains and aches, painful headaches, fever, nose bleeds, and persistent coughing as well as your chest tightening are all symptoms of Stachybotrys exposure.

Penicillin

This allergenic mold form is recognized easily by its characteristic green or blue surface color with a texture like velvet. Often, penicillin is found in buildings and homes with water damage. You will also find this in mattresses, wallpapers, and carpets. It spreads rapidly from one house to another. The spores of Penicillin can become airborne easily and can cause respiration conditions when grown indoors. Throughout the home, kids, pets, and other occupants can inhale airborne Penicillin without realizing it. Chronic sinusitis, health complications, and immune disorders are the result of exposure to this mold.

Mucor

This allergenic mold grows in a thick patch. Often grey or white, it grows rapidly near HVAC systems, air conditioning, and anywhere with condensation. Mucor spores can also be found in damp, old carpets. Respiratory system issues are usually caused by Mucor. When exposed, it can worsen existing conditions of asthma. Malaise, fever, flu-like symptoms, and difficulty breathing are also indications of Mucor. A condition called Mucormycosis comes from long term exposure to Mucor. This is a fungus infection that damages the brain, lungs, and sinuses. It also infects the nose and eyes. Eventually, it becomes systemic in renal systems, digestion, and blood. Never attempt to remove Mucor without safety gear and the right equipment. Better yet, call the experts at ServiceMaster Fire & Water Damage Restoration

How Is Black Mold Different From Other Molds?

Black mold is not necessarily toxic. Most mold ranges in color and many types are black. Black mold is different from other types of mold because, by nature, it has a black pigment. It is allergenic and some types are toxic but not all types. Cladosporium is the most common black mold that triggers asthma and allergy symptoms. Stachybotrys chartarum is a black toxic mold that is usually found in attics. This mold is dangerous to inhale or ingest.

Which Is Worse Black Mold or Green Mold?

Green mold is an umbrella term referring to different fungi species that have different green hues. You may have seen green mold in food like bread and fruits. The most common are Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium. Both black and green mold can be dangerous and even toxic to inhale or ingest. Most people think black mold is toxic and green mold is not but, in reality, both are equally a trigger for allergens, asthma attacks, and respiratory disorders. The difference between the two kinds of mold is mainly the pigment they appear in. Testing is the only way of finding out what type of mold your space has. Calling the experts for mold removal or mold remediation sooner rather than later is highly recommended, for your health and well-being. Call ServiceMaster Fire & Water Damage Restoration as soon as possible.