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5 Common Types of Household Mold

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Charlotte, NC

Whether you can see them or not, there are mold spores somewhere in your Charlotte,NC, home. Whether they are able to flourish depends on how much excess moisture is available for mold growth. When they do, leaking pipes and areas of high humidity or dampness (like showers or laundry rooms) are the usual culprits. Sometimes mold growth occurs where there's been previous water damage that hasn't been repaired properly.

Let's look at some of the most common types:

1. Trichoderma

Trichoderma is a very common mold, usually found in damp carpeting, wallpaper or air conditioning filters. Usually, this mold needs a relatively high amount of moisture to thrive. Some strains are known to produce strong mycotoxins.

2. Cladosporium

Commonly found in floorboards, wooden cabinets, carpets and old fabrics, this mold can grow in both warm and cool areas. Sometimes found around windows or shower stalls, it is mostly green, brown or black in color. It starts to show up as small dots that will grow into a large patch of mold if not taken care of.

3. Stachybotrys Chartarum

Also known as black mold or toxic mold because of its heavy production of mycotoxins, stachybotrys chartarum is easily identified by its distinctively musty odor. It can appear to be slimy and greenish-black in color. Black mold is mostly found in parts of the house that are continually damp, like ducts for air conditioning, but can also be found in walls, carpets, and other areas.

4. Alternaria

Alternaria is a very common mold that can be found outdoors as well as indoors. It's mostly found in areas like showers and sinks, and can thrive in areas around the outside of the house where there's not much light. If not eradicated, it can easily spread from room to room.

5. Aureobasidium

Aureobasidium is a quick-growing mold that can appear pinkish or cream-colored at first and then later turn a dark brown or even black. It is slimy in appearance and is sometimes mistaken for stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold. It is a very common mold that's often found in caulk around windows, in wallpaper, and on wooden furniture.

This overview should help you identify any mold that might be growing in your home. You may be able to eliminate some mold growth on your own, but some cases are more dangerous and will require a mold remediation service to take care of the situation. In any event, it's important to see to the problem right away so that it doesn't spread.

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