There are over 100,000 different types of mold out there. Most of these don’t threaten you or your San Antonio home so you don’t have any reason to worry about them too much. However, there are a couple of types of mold that pose a serious threat to you, your loved ones, and your home.
Here are six types of mold from our mold remediation professionals at Restoration 1 of Texas Hill Country that can cause harm to you, your loved ones, and your home.
Stachybotrys, also known as black mold, is the big bad for the dangerous types of mold you can find in your home. Black mold is known for its dark black color but can also be present in dark shades of green. Exposure to black mold can cause various symptoms including diarrhea, headaches, memory loss, flu-like symptoms, and severe respiratory damage issues. While black mold is dangerous for everyone, the young, elderly, and immune-compromised individuals are particularly the most vulnerable. It has a strong musty or mildewy odor much like other mold types.
Unlike many other types of mold on this list, aspergillus spores are commonly present in the air we breathe daily. While it does not threaten most people, aspergillus can be dangerous for those with compromised immune systems. When exposure does lead to health problems, those problems usually begin to manifest as allergic reactions, lung infections, and a type of infection known as aspergillosis.
Fusarium likes to reside in plant debris and soil. However, it can also thrive on the underside of carpeting, inside drywall, and in HVAC systems if they are extremely damp. Fusarium is not associated with many health problems, however, it is associated with a rare, but serious eye infection known as fusarium keratitis.
Penicillium is found all around us and normally doesn’t pose a threat. If large amounts become trapped inside your home, it can cause problems with asthmatic symptoms, bronchitis, and respiratory problems, disguising itself as a cold.
Alternaria is a common type of mold known for causing allergy-like symptoms. Although this mold is usually not found in building materials, it can be present in the air inside your home and may also be found in electric cables, cardboard, canvas, and other textiles. It can come across as seasonal allergies, but keep in mind that it worsens compared to the other.
Chaetomium likes to grow in homes that have been affected by water damage. It especially likes to thrive in dark, wet environments like drywall, wallpaper, carpets, and baseboards. Exposure to Chaetomium manifests as allergy-like symptoms such as irritated eyes, labored breathing, and even neurological damage in serious cases.
Don’t let mold invade your home! Whether the mold is one of the types listed above or something else, you must call for professional help immediately as soon as you notice the problem. Call us at Restoration 1 of Texas Hill Country and we’ll be right over to remove the mold and help you repair the damage.