How To Identify Common Types Of Household Mold
Our homes can be affected by several types of mold. Mold grows in damp conditions and can be found on a variety of surfaces. The best way to identify the growth of mold is by its appearance. Here are some descriptions of the most common molds found in Maryland homes.
Stachybotrys, commonly referred to as black mold is a common household mold found in wet areas, most often in the basement, laundry room, and bathroom. Black mold is black and green in appearance. Black mold can look slimy, runny, and splotchy. Black mold produces mycotoxins and is a serious health hazard. If you find black mold in your home, it must be remedied immediately.
Aureobasidium, or pink mold, is often found in bathrooms along grout and caulk lines. Pink mold also thrives on surfaces like wood and fabric and in window and door frames. Pink mold ranges from pink to black in appearance. Sometimes pink mold can look like rust. Pink mold is a common allergen.
Penicillium, otherwise referred to as green mold, is very common on surfaces where there has been a water leak. Green mold is green or blue in appearance and can look fuzzy. Green mold thrives in in porous materials that retain moisture like insulation, furniture, and carpets. Green mold spreads very quickly so if you see any signs of green mold you must call a professional immediately.
Efflorescence, white mold, is extremely common in basements. White mold is white and spotted in appearance and can actually look like hard water stains. White mold can also be mistaken mildew. White mold is most often found on concrete floors and walls. White mold is especially dangerous because it can look like normal aging. If you are unsure that you have white mold, you should contact a professional to inspect your home.
If you notice any of these common molds in your house, you need to contact a professional waterproofer to ensure the safety of your family. Our experts at AA Action Waterproofing can help identify, remediate, and protect your home from all types of mold growth. Our experts are trained in mold identification and can provide solutions tailored to your specific needs.