Mold seem very dangerous for our family health and it is a type of fungus that often looks like fuzzy spots of different colors, including green, gray, or black. More than 100,000 mold species have been identified. Exposure to molds can be linked to negative health effects, depending on the type of mold and the health status of the person.
What you can do about mold in your home
The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Other actions you can take include:
- Fix any sources of water leakage. Homeowners may need a plumber or an HVAC contractor to eliminate water leaks (which is the most likely cause of the moisture on which mold is feeding)
- You can also use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Use soap and a sponge to remove visible mold.
- When moldy areas seem dry, lightly spray a water mist on them. This will prevent you from sending mold spores into the air during cleaning.
BLACK VS. GREEN MOLD
Black mold goes by the scientific name Stachybotrys. Under this umbrella term are numerous species that include Stachybotrys chartarum, or toxic black. It grows on building materials such as drywall. When there is water damage, this black-colored fungus is a common sight.
The green type may fall under the name Trichoderma. Members of this genus typically grow on plants. However, Trichoderma longibrachiatum also goes by the moniker toxic house mold. It usually affects cellulose-containing building materials. It presents with light-colored greenish tint.
A darker-colored green fungus goes by the name Cladosporium. It, too, has numerous subspecies. This type of fungus can grow on other fungi that may infest a location. It shows the opportunistic character that these organisms possess.
When it comes to identifying mold in your home, you should not rely solely on color as an indicator as these characteristics can change. However, our team is able to make educated speculations based on color combined with environmental conditions.
MOLDS CAN CAUSE OR CONTRIBUTE TO ALLERGIES AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS
Exposure to mold can make you feel like you are struggling with a seasonal allergy. Over-the-counter medications only offer brief respites. People with asthma may notice that their conditions worsen and may need to rely on rescue inhalers more frequently.
You may also feel like you are itchy all over. Headaches make it difficult to concentrate. It is common for individuals affected by it in their living space to notice that these symptoms pick up when they are at home and lessen when they are away for extended periods of time.