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Types of Toxic Mold in the House

You can Toxic mold can be found in various parts of your property, such as your basement, bathroom or HVAC system. It only requires a few key factors to thrive in your home or building: a source of moisture and organic materials, such as drywall, wood, fabric, etc.

In our long track of handling mold removal and remediation, we have come across an extensive variety of toxic mold. Our licensed technicians have successfully removed the mold and therefore improved the quality of life of hundreds of homeowners and commercial buildings owners. 

What is toxic mold 

There is no specific singular type of mold that is toxic on its own. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the term rather refers to the chemical substances called mycotoxins that certain types of mold produce and that are harmful to humans, as well as pets. Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can cause severe health problems and deteriorate your home. Therefore, it is important to spot any signs of mold and have it removed as early as possible. 

Types of toxic mold

Alternaria

You can find this type of mold in the cardboard, electric cables, canvas, and other similar textiles. It causes allergies and it mostly grows during spring and summer, when the humidity level is very high. 

Stachybotrys

People usually refer to this type of mold as the ‘black mold’. This is due to its dark color and you can also notice it in dark green or grey. It is easy to spot due to the color and the musty odor in very damp areas, such as your basement. 

This is one of the most dangerous types of mold, as it can cause severe health problems such as headaches, respiratory issues, flu-like symptoms or memory loss. Children and older people are most affected by it, as their immune system is weak. It is imperative to remove it as soon as possible. 

Chaetomium

If you experience water damage, such as burst pipes or flooding, this is one of the most common types of mold growing within the first 48-72 hours of the incident. It grows in wet, dark environments such as wallpaper or drywall. 

Chaetomium is highly dangerous, as it causes health problems similar to the Stachybotrys. In addition to respiratory issues, this type of mold can potentially cause certain autoimmune diseases and neurological damage.

Penicillium

Throughout history, people have mostly used Penicillium in antibiotics, food, and drug production. However, it can cause asthma-like symptoms, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems when trapped in your home and not controlled. 

Aspergillus

Similar to Penicillium, this type of mold is present all around us and does not usually cause harm. However, when it grows abundantly in your home, it can cause severe respiratory problems and allergic reactions to people with weak immune systems. The infection associated with this type of mold is called ‘aspergillosis’

Fusarium

You can generally find fusarium in the solid or plant debris. When it grows in your home, you can typically find it in damp areas. It commonly thrives underneath your carpet, in the HVAC system or inside the drywall.  If you let it grow uncontrollably and you are exposed to it for a prolonged time, it can cause a rare but severe eye infection called ‘fusarium keratitis

What to Do If You Suspect Your Home Has Toxic Mold

It is often very difficult to remove the mold yourself, due to the specific requirements each mold presents. Even if you remove the mold on the surface, it is highly possible the root of the issue is much deeper. When that happens, you need professional tools and expertise to get rid of it. We make sure to remove completely so it does not come back again. The EPA highly recommends that you contact a professional mold removal and remediation company to assist you with this tedious process.

Our technicians are licensed by the State of New York to perform mold removal and remediation, License #MR01129. 

We will perform a mold inspection and start removing the mold in a timely manner. We use advanced equipment to permanently remove the mold, purify the air, and create a mold-free environment for yourself and your family.

Are wondering how severe the mold situation is? Contact us for a free estimate to assess the situation and provide you with qualified advice

 

 

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