Mold remediation processes can be different depending on the type of mold in your home or business. Much like a bag of Skittles, mold comes in almost every color of the rainbow. While Skittles are always good, mold is usually bad. Some molds, however, are more harmful than others. Learning the different types of mold and how to identify them can help you when it comes to keeping your family healthy and safe.
Stachybotrys Atra is the scientific name for the infamous black mold. One of the major problems with black mold is that it can appear in different shades and textures. Often, it can be confused for other, less harmful forms of mold. Black mold thrives in moist humid conditions, so it is important to follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines of keeping your indoor humidity between 30-50%. This strand of mold can be very harmful to humans and animals, so it is important to call a remediation expert like Aladdin as soon as possible when you see black mold growing. It will often begin as slimy and with a dark greenish-black (sometimes gray) coloration to it. Black mold also has a distinct smell and can contaminate the air you breathe.
The sheer amount of moisture and humidity in the bathrooms of homes creates a breeding ground for mold. Most often, the mold in these rooms will be pink or orange in color, and can be one of several different types. The most common types are fusarium and aureobasidium. Aureobasidium is a common bathroom mold, frequently found growing around damp window frames and on caulking. Fusarium is most often found growing on plants, including houseplants, but can also be found on wallpaper, carpet, and similar materials. While not as dangerous as black mold, these molds can still lead to allergic reactions, breathing issues, inflammation, lung infections and even bleeding of the lungs in some extreme cases. It is important to keep pink mold under control in the home, and if it becomes a serious problem, call an expert at Aladdin to help.
The basement of a home or business is often the most common spot for mold to grow. Checking your basement for mold on a regular basis is extremely important. Moisture levels tend to be higher in basements, and you will often see leaks in basements, which can cause water damage as well as mold. Grey molds can either be a strain of fusarium or cladosporium. The biggest problem with grey mold is that it can often be confused with black mold. The best way to tell the difference is by texture. If the mold is slimy, it is most likely a stacybotrys. Otherwise, it could be a less harmful grey mold. This, like most molds, can lead to health issues, so it is key to contact Aladdin for your mold remediation needs.
While some molds are harmless, it is best to leave identification and cleaning to a Mold Remediation expert. Contact Aladdin today for our expert service.