The Different Types Of Mold

Most people are aware that mold can be a dangerous thing to have in your home, but not many people know what types of mold there are and which ones will pose a threat to you and your family. Not only that but having a mold-infested home will significantly reduce the value of your home. Potential buyers will likely demand a mold remediation company come to fix the issue or just avoid buying the home altogether. In this blog, we’re going to go over all the types of mold that could grow in your Colorado home and tell you which ones are dangerous and which aren’t. However, just because a mold doesn’t pose an immediate threat to your air quality doesn’t mean that it can’t lead to other health risks.

Alternaria

This type of mold is commonly found outside, but can also be found inside homes or offices. It’s usually gray or black and is caused by water damage. If you or a loved one is experiencing bad allergies, it could be caused by this mold.

Aspergillus

This is a common indoor mold that can be white, black, or yellow in color. This type of mold grows in dark, wet areas and can lead to respiratory issues.

Cladosporium

This type of mold is typically recognized by its powdery, dark green or black appearance. It’s typically found on surfaces like carpets, upholstery and wood.

Penicillium

This mold typically grows really fast and has a suede or velvet look. It’s usually blue, green or white in color but can vary depending on the climate. This mold is responsible for the antibiotic penicillin but is harmful when it grows inside homes.

Stachybotrys Chartarum

It’s hard to pronounce, but this is what people typically think of when they hear the words, “dangerous molds.” Stachybotrys Chartarum is a dark black color, wet, and can often form in inconspicuous areas after a flood. You won’t want to take any chances with this mold because it has a nearly endless list of health issues associated with it.

How to handle it

Above all else, mold poses a threat to your home’s air quality. And when it comes to dealing with mold, it should not be taken lightly, whether you’re continuing to live in the home or you’re trying to sell it. Many homeowners will leave the issue unchecked leading to a serious issue that can only be handled by an experienced professional. Mold is even more dangerous to people with asthma, bad seasonal allergies, or respiratory conditions. And, additionally, mold can be a significant threat to the structure of your home. Outside, mold is not as much of a threat, but indoors, the allergens emitted by mold will be circulated throughout your home, essentially contaminating everything. You need to contact an indoor air specialist regularly to inspect your home for mold and have the air quality tested. If you’re due for an inspection, be sure to call your local Denver home inspectors at Safe Investment Home Inspection.

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