There are various types of mold that can be found in a home or in a business. Each one usually preferring a specific environment. Eco-Tek Pro wants to help you understand what types of mold to look for in different areas, how to identify them and how dangerous it can be.
There are different molds that can cause different issues, some are extremely hazardous, some moderately hazardous and some that are less hazardous but because of the financial damage they can cause if gone unchecked, should still be removed. For the purposes of this article the mold will be classified as either A,B or C for either High, Medium or Low Hazard.
The kitchen and bathroom are high moisture areas as they are areas where either you bathe or you cook or boil. All of these events cause a high amount of moisture that makes it easy for mold to grow. When you find mold in the kitchen or bathroom, it is likely to be one of the following mold species:
- Cladosporium cladosporioides (hazard B)
- Cladosporium sphaerospermum (hazard C)
- Ulocladium botrytis (hazard C)
- Chaetomium globosum (hazard C)
- Aspergillus fumigatus (hazard A)
Many people don’t realize that mold can grow behind your wallpaper, especially considering that any mold that grows behind the wallpaper is usually unseen, it’s difficult to detect until it spreads. When you suspect that there might be mold lurking behind your wallpaper, these might be the likely culprits:
- Cladosporium sphaerospermum
- Chaetomium globosum
- Doratomyces spp
- Fusarium spp (hazard A)
- Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly called ‘black mold‘ (hazard A)
- Trichoderma spp (hazard B)
- Scopulariopsis spp (hazard B)
- Believe it or not, you sweat in your sleep and in your feet and that sweat means moisture which means there can be a growth of mold in your mattresses or your carpets. Mold on your mattress or carpet is direct contact with the mold
Common mattress and carpets Molds are:
- Penicillium spp., especially Penicillium chrysogenum (hazard B)
- Penicillium aurantiogriseum (hazard B)
- Aspergillus versicolor (hazard A)
- Aureobasidium pullulans (hazard B)
- Aspergillus repens
- Wallemia sebi (hazard C)
- Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
- Scopulariopsis spp.
- From the outside of a home or business to the inside, the temperature usually varies quite a bit. This drastic difference in temperature usually leads to moisture in the window frames, the area where the two temperatures meet. Common molds found on or around window frames would be:
- Aureobasidium pullulans
- Cladosporium sphaerospermum
- Ulocladium spp.
- Although very uncommon in Florida, there are some homes that have a basement or cellar. Since these rooms are situated underground, there is a difference in temperature from the rest of the home. This difference in temperature can often lead to the following types of molds:
- Aspergillus versicolor
- Aspergillus fumigatus
- Fusarium spp.
- If you suspect that there is mold in your home or business, contact EcoTek Pro so that we can send a professional out to test or remediate for you and have you breathing easy again.