3 Types of Mold and How to Identify Them

Any time water damage is present, mold, is also a possibility. Learning the different types of mold and how to identify them can help you take action to remediate the problem. These are a few of the most common types of mold that you might find in your Ocala, Florida, home.

Aspergillus

Aspergillus mold is often the first type of mold to grow after water damage occurs. It is a black or green color and appears in the form of small spots. Aspergillus is a non-toxic mold, but it can exacerbate allergy symptoms and affect those with weakened immune systems. Household actions like carpet cleaning can actually spread the mold into the air and worsen the symptoms. It is best to have a professional remove it before cleaning.

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is one of the most common types of household mold. It tends to grow in indoor materials, including your carpets, fabrics, and upholstery. It is an olive-green color and has a smooth-like texture. It also tends to grow in branching chains, spreading through the fabric. Cladosporium can be difficult to get rid of because it thrives in both warm and cold temperatures. It should not be handled directly as it can cause allergic-type symptoms, skin irritation, and lung infections.

Stachybotrys (Black Mold)

Stachybotrys is often known as black mold. This toxic type of mold is very dangerous and should only be handled by a professional. It can result in breathing difficulties, sinusitis, aches and pains, nose bleeds, and fever. It can also cause neurological problems in children. Stachybotrys tends to grow in wet areas with a lot of humidity. It is dark black in appearance and may quickly spread to other parts of the house. It is also possible for other types of mold to be mixed in with the black mold.

There are hundreds of different types of mold. While some mold types are nontoxic, others pose a serious risk to you and your family. Call ServiceMaster Professional Services today at 352-503-8013 to discuss your household water damage concerns.

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