Mold is a common problem in homes and other buildings. There are many different types of mold that can develop inside your home. Some molds are a greater threat than others. Therefore, it is important that mold is treated quickly once it has been discovered. In Illinois, certain molds develop more frequently than others. American Hometown Services
would like to share what molds are most often found inside homes and why it is important to have mold remediation services to get rid of the mold if you have it.
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There are over 100,000 types of mold that be categorized. The are many sub classes of mold and about five of these molds are frequently discovered inside homes here in Illinois. Below are the different types of mold, the threat they possess and how to identify them.
Aspergillus – There are hundreds of species of Aspergillus mold that comes in many different colors. It can make identifying Aspergillus mold difficult. Aspergillus mold is a sturdy species of mold that is active in the air as well as on surfaces. The average person can withstand exposure to Aspergillus. However, those with lung disease, respiratory problems and a weaker immune system are at risk of developing worse conditions.
Cladosporium – Cladosporium is another category of mold that is most often associated with asthma attacks. For those with respiratory conditions, Cladosporium is an intolerable species of mold. Cladosporium mold has a suede like texture. However it can occasionally develop a powder like texture. It usually has a darker color such as black, brown and green.
Penicillium – Penicillium is a common mold to be found inside the home. Penicillium is often found underneath carpet, on wallpaper, drywall, and on upholstery. Penicillium will produce a musty like odor and appear fuzzy. Penicillium can come in many different colors and will develop quickly. Penicillium mold is a major health risk. Those who have been exposed to Penicillium can develop infections that may result in neurological damage, pathological, and immunological damages.
Stachybotrys Chartarum – Most commonly known as black mold, Stachybotrys chartarum thrives in damp environments. It appears black in color and poses a major health risk. Stachybotrys chartarum mostly affects the respiratory system and is most harmful to young children and the elderly.
Mildew – Where mildew isn’t really a type of mold, it is part of the same family of fungi. Mildew is a very common problem in homes and is worth mentioning. Mildew mostly thrives on plant based material. Like mold, prolonged exposure can cause illness and allergies. Mildew poses the same threat as mold and if found inside the home should be removed to ensure a healthier environment.
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Both mold and mildew produces spores that release into the air. Mold releases spores into the air as a form of reproduction and that is how mold can spread so quickly. When spores are in the air, you and your pets breath in the mold or the skin is exposed, which leads to internal and external health conditions. When mold is discovered inside your home, you will want to seek out mold remediation services. For mold remediation, water, fire and storm damage restoration services, contact American Hometown Services today.