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Types of Mold Found Indoors

Mold growth is not an unusual sight indoors, with 300,000 known varieties. This hurricane season, high moisture will most likely contribute to mold appearance inside your home or business.

While most mold species are harmless, exposure to some of them could lead to allergies and respiratory problems. When you find mold in your property, have it removed right away by professional mold remediators, such as ServiceMaster by Reed.

It is important to learn about mold and to recognize the different mold types that commonly grow indoors. ServiceMaster by Reed has compiled them for you.

Facts About Mold

Common Types of Mold Indoors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold is a fungus that can be found indoors and outdoors, thriving in damp, humid and warm environments. The most common types of mold found indoors are:

Alternaria

alternia

Aspergillus

aspergillus

Cladosporium

Cladosporium

Penicillium

Penicillium

Stachybotrys

Stachybotrys

Minor mold growth in bathrooms, basements and other areas of your home can be removed without damage to the affected surface. However, when the mold problem escalates, this would require professional intervention.

Health Risks of Mold

Structural Damage from Mold Growth

Mold growth can affect and compromise the structural integrity of a building. The mold Serpula lacrymans, typically found in wood, is a troublesome fungus that causes decay to wood building materials. Also called “dry rot”, this fungus can cause extensive damage depending on its amount, location and length of time present. Unattended damage from mold can compromise a structure and require expensive repairs or replacements.

Why is Air Quality Testing Recommended?

Mold inspectors may recommend an air quality test to determine the type of mold growing in your structure and the degree of infestation. Moreover, whatever the type of mold present, the CDC recommends that mold should be removed immediately to prevent future growth.

If you do decide to pay for environmental sampling for molds, before the work starts, you should ask the consultants who will do the work to establish criteria for interpreting the test results. They should tell you in advance what they will do or what recommendations they will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Mold May Be Causing Your Christmas Tree Allergy

Researchers from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Connecticut have discovered that a fresh Christmas tree can raise the mold level in a room by as much as five times their normal levels. Tree mold in Christmas trees may trigger or cause the following:

If you’re using a live tree as decoration this holiday season, give it a thorough shake before bringing it indoors to reduce the presence of tree mold. To lessen exposure to allergens, keep a live tree up for at most one week. An alternative option is to utilize an artificial tree or to buy a live, potted tree.

Make an Appointment for Air Quality Testing and Mold Remediation Today

For a fast response to your mold emergency, ServiceMaster by Reed is available 24 hours a day7 days a week at (954) 799-4420. We service commercial properties in Hollywood, Florida and surrounding areas and counties.

You may also connect with us online to schedule an appointment, or email us at smreedoffice1@aol.com. Our office is located in 1210 Stirling Rd. Unit # 8A Dania Beach, FL 33004.