When you find mold in your home, that is where the real problems begin. As far as appearance is concerned, mold tends to have a thicker growth pattern and is often found in a variety of colors from red and blue, to green and black. It tends to have a fuzzy appearance and usually has an irregular growth pattern. Mold also tends to grow and thrive in areas where there are decaying organic materials. Even though mold prefers to grow on debris and rotting substances, it will still very easily take to growing on the walls inside of your home.
Very much like mildew, mold needs both heat and moisture to thrive. Mold is very dangerous to the people and animals living within your home. There are over 10,000 different species of mold that can survive inside of your home, but only a few of them can be very dangerous.
Alternaria is a dark, thick black, dark brown, or grey mold that typically appears in homes after they have suffered from a great deal of water damage. This strain of mold can cause a variety of respiratory problems when you are exposed to it for long periods.
Cladosporium will tend to grow almost anywhere, from piles of dead leaves to damp areas inside of your home. Like most mold species, this variety is looking for moist, dark, and damp environments to thrive. It can appear to be black, grey, or brown but may appear powdery in appearance. This species can be very troublesome to those that have asthma or compromised respiratory systems.
Stachybotrys is undoubtedly the most dangerous of the mold species that you will find growing in your home. There is a great deal of evidence that points to this species being a carcinogen. Not only can it possibly lead to cancer, but it will also cause joint pain, dizziness, and headaches, as well as the typical variety of respiratory issues. It typically appears as dark green or black and has a slimy consistency. This species of mold will grow on nearly any surface within your home from floorboards to ceilings and anywhere that has suffered from water damage.
What Should You Do?
There are certain mold and mildews that you can easily take care of yourself, but if you see a large outbreak that you are not comfortable in dealing with, or it has a slimy appearance, please leave it up to the professionals to handle. If you try and use a spray bottle, you can cause the spores that the mold uses to reproduce to into the air, which will cause the infection to spread. If you see mold that you are concerned with, please call in the professionals at NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services in Palm Beach County, FL. At (561) 445-8483.