When a homeowner sees mold, they automatically go into panic mode, and for good reason. Mold can cause all sorts of health concerns in healthy adults, but more easily in the elderly and young children. Mold can even cause structural damage around a home. However, all mold is not the same. While there aren't exactly any good strains of mold, there are some that do not pose significant risks. Learn how you can identify mold in your home and what you should do about it.
Mold forms when there is a moisture imbalance in an area. A home flood, a poorly ventilated bathroom or a leaking washing machine pipe are just some common scenarios that can lead to mold development in several different forms, including Fusarium, Aspergillus, Chaetomium, and Stachybotrys Chartarum.
Fusarium typically forms in cool damp environments, so you may be more likely to see it in the colder months of the year. Aspergillus can form in any type of environment. Chaetomium typically forms when a home has experienced a leak or flood in which the water has made its way behind the wall, as this type of mold only forms on drywall.
Stachybotrys Chartarum, or black mold, is toxic mold, which is also the type of mold that many people incorrectly assume they have. This type of spore can develop on any type of surface and cause serious health concerns. However, it's important to understand that Stachybotrys Chartarum generally forms as a result of a long-term moisture problem. For instance, a leaking pipe behind a wall that has gone unrepaired could potentially lead to this type of mold problem.
When it comes to mold, safety should be your number one concern. Exposure to mold, even if it's nontoxic, can cause long-term respiratory concerns. If possible, try to keep your family and pets away from the moldy area as soon as you recognize it. While the spores will still be in the air, the further you are away, the better. Closing the space off will give you an opportunity to have a professional come and evaluate the specific type of strain you have in your home and to determine which remediation course is necessary if any.
If you have mold in your home that you are concerned about, you should call a professional. Water damage restoration companies are trained to identify mold and safely remove it from floors, walls, and other structures. Contact a professional for assistance.