Ways to Identify Dangerous Mold
There is always mold in our houses. However, it is usually at such low levels that it is of no consequence. However, mold can, at times, be quite harmful, especially if it is in large quantities. One of the first signs that you have a mold problem is if your house begins to smell moldy. It is essential to identify the type of mold in the home to ensure that your family is not at risk and that is where Utah Flood Cleanup can help.
Types of Mold Found in Utah Homes
The most common mold types on modern homes are:
Aspergillus is an allergenic mold that is found in food and air conditioning systems. It looks like what most people think of as mold: green, cottony, and white at the edges. Cladosporium is another type of mold, which grows mostly on the back of toilets. It can range in color from olive green to brown or black, but is not the infamous “black mold” you need to be scared of. It also grows on air ducts and painted surfaces. Both molds are classified as nontoxic, however they can cause allergic reactions in humans.
Brightly colored mold such as red or orange mold is mostly found outdoors. It grows on decaying matter such as rotting wood. It is harmless to humans. These molds, which are usually slimy, is primarily removed from homes for aesthetic purposes. Another mold that grows in homes is white mold. If you have white mold in the home, it means the problem is in its early stages, and it can be treated with ease.
Dangerous Molds Found in Homes
One of the most dangerous molds to humans is Stachybotrys chartarum, which can lead to long-term illness if not treated. It is often called “black mold,” though it is not the only black mold you can find in Utah homes. It grows indoors and produces toxins called mycotoxins. Contact with these toxins usually ends up in a hospital visit.
The mold will usually have a greenish black appearance. Additionally, it will usually appear to be slimy. However, this may not always be the case. The mold can become dry and powdery when its water source runs out. At that point, it can disperse with ease. It is important to have an expert inspect it. This could save you a lot of money spent on getting rid of a harmless mold species that has a similar appearance to black mold.
Some of the most common symptoms that result from black mold are:
- Irreversible damage to internal organs
- Skin inflammation
- Respiratory problems
- Mental impairment
- Suppression of the immune system
Fusarium and Penicillium are also considered toxic. Fusarium ranges from white to dull yellow while Penicillium can include shades of green. These molds are associated with symptoms such as asthma, nail fungus, and infections of internal organs like the heart, liver, and lungs. They can also lead to pulmonary emphysema and edema. Fusarium usually comes from plants or soil while penicillum often comes from spoiled food, but both can grow elsewhere once introduced into a home.
Where to Look for Toxic Mold
When toxic mold grows, it will usually be in a place that is out of site. Additionally, toxic mold requires a lot of humidity. Thus, if you have experienced floods in the recent past, you should inspect your house for toxic mold. This is also the case if you have recently had a pipe leak inside the walls or in your basement.
What to Do if You Find Mold
When you find mold in your house, you should hire an expert. If the mold affects a large area of your house, you need to vacate the premises until the mold is cleared. This is especially true if you have been experiencing the symptoms of a mold infection.
Call Utah Flood Cleanup for Mold Remediation
If you are in need of a mold clean up company that does the job efficiently, you should contact Utah Food Cleanup. We use modern cleaning methods to reduce the chances of regrowth. Besides mold cleanup, we offer water and fire damage cleanup services. Our cleanup services are available to you 24/7. Call us today at (801) 416-2666. One of our experts will offer you a free consultation over the phone. We also conduct free inspections for all water damage incidents that are covered by the insurance provider.
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