Identifying The Most Common Types Of Basement Mold
When you find mold in your home after a basement flood or excess moisture situation, it’s important to know just what type of mold you’re dealing with. There are thousands of different types of mold present in nature, but a few are most common in homes, and we at AA Action Waterproofing know just how important it is to learn about your mold problem before beginning the remediation process. Our professionals at AA Action Waterproofing can remediate all types of mold problems, but it’s still a wise decision to get something of an idea about what type of mold you may be experiencing a problem with before calling in the pros.
When identifying mold, it’s important to remember that the substance can be harmful to your health, and to take precautions in an effort to limit your own exposure. If you plan to get close to the mold, wearing eye, mouth, and skin protection is recommended so that you don’t inadvertently breathe in or touch spores, leading to health problems or an allergic reaction.
If at any point you suspect your mold problem could be caused by black mold, this is a highly toxic form of mold and calling in the professionals immediately is always recommended. Black mold can lead to serious cardiovascular, neurological, and respiratory symptoms, so coming into contact into this type of mold should always be strongly avoided.
The first thing you should consider when identifying home mold is the color of the mold, and dark colored molds are typically found to be stachybotrys or cladosporium varieties. This mold can take on a blue, black, grey, or green look, and can be found within any dark area of your home that has recently been in contact with moisture.
After the color of the mold, you should then consider its texture, and mold that looks black and slimy in appearance should be left alone, as this the most common look of toxic black mold. “Safer” types of mold can also cause symptoms if you breathe in spores or allow it to touch your skin, so no matter the type of mold being seen, safety precautions should always remain a priority. Often, mold will take on a fuzzy or matte appearance, and this will typically point to a less dangerous and more typical type of house mold.
For specific mold types, mold testing kits can be purchased at many home goods stores, but we at AA Action Waterproofing recommend always seeking a professional opinion just to be sure. If you’ve spotted mold in your home, and you require a mold remediation, call our professionals today to have your mold tested and eliminated.