Outside of the cheese in your refrigerator, Mold in your home is never a good thing. Mold grows in those dark places we can’t see, but often also hides in plain sight and in common items we use every day. Mold can grow in walls, ceilings, windows, floors, furniture, insulation, air ducts, clothes, and basements. The 3 types of common house molds are Aspergillus, cladosporium, and stachybotrys atra (or black mold).
It is believed that there are more airborne spores indoor than outdoor of Aspergillus. When cleaning these spores stir up and circulate. Aspergillus is most commonly green and yellow, and forms in a circular shape. It can be most common in carpet, mattresses, and walls exposed to moisture and humidity. Aspergillus can cause symptoms such as a cough, weezing, shortness of breath, unintentional weight loss, or fatigue.
This type of mold forms in clusters of green, yellow or black mold and is very difficult to spot. It thrives in warmer months and can spread very fast if unaddressed. Cladosporium can cause sneezing, dry skin, hives, itchy throat and eyes, watery eyes, coughing, stuffy or runny nose.
This is a greenish black fungus and grows in sheetrock and wood. This is an uncommon mold and rarely becomes airborne. Stachybotrys can cause chronic cough and sneezing, irritation to eyes, mucus in the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches.
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Tips For Keeping Mold Out of Your Home
- too much moisture is the enemy!
- proper ventilation is key
- monitor humidity, and keep a dehumidifier on hand
- ensure drainage systems are working properly throughout the home
- clean out gutters at least twice per year
- keep houseplants to clean mold from the air
If you have concerns of a mold problem in your home please contact us first. There are many steps you can take to control and keep mold out of your home, but the first step is a third-party mold test done by the experts.