As a company that provides Austin, TX, mold removal services, All Nation Restoration understands that mold growth and mold infestations can be an uncomfortable problem to deal with, especially for people who suffer from asthma and mold allergies. The damage restoration company is sharing information to help homeowners recognize and respond to four common types of mold growth that may be present in their homes.
Also known as “black mold,” Stachybotrys is one of the most infamous types of mold growth and is often featured in news reports that talk about the effects of toxic mold. Despite its reputation, Stachybotrys is not inherently more dangerous than other types of mold, but all mold infestations can have a detrimental effect on people’s health.
Because Stachybotrys thrives on wet materials, homeowners often see this mold after water damage in the home. Water-damaged materials, especially those containing cellulose, are the perfect breeding ground for black mold, which has a greenish-black appearance. If large-scale water damage occurs, the homeowner should immediately call in a water damage restoration company that can quickly repair the damage and prevent Stachybotrys mold from taking hold.
With a color ranging from olive to blackish-brown, Cladosporium can be found in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as other rooms in the house that are frequently exposed to moisture and dampness. This mold is particularly attracted to rooms that are wallpapered.
According to Molekule, a company in the air purifier technology industry, “This mold type may be common, but its dangers are thankfully rare in causing human illness. Having said that, health effects from frequent exposure to Cladosporium can include skin, eye, and sinus infections. As Cladosporium is an asthma trigger for allergy patients who also have asthma, negative symptoms can include sudden chest tightness, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.”
Aspergillus likes to grow on damp clothing, leather, carpeting, and construction materials and can be found in cellars and basements. Outside of the home, this type of mold flourishes in soil, compost piles, and decaying plants, so homeowners should be aware that they could accidentally bring this mold into their home via their shoes and clothes. The soil of indoor plants can also contain Aspergillus.
In terms of color, Aspergillus can present different colors depending on the species of mold. Often, it appears black with shades of white or yellow underneath, but some species are yellowish-green in color with a golden or ruddy brown color on the underside of the mold growth.
Aspergillus is the cause of an infection called Aspergillosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “people with weakened immune systems or lung diseases are at a higher risk of developing health problems due to Aspergillus. The types of health problems caused by Aspergillus include allergic reactions, lung infections, and infections in other organs.”
Alternaria alternata can be found in colors including green, brown, black, and gray, and the mold may appear smooth and fuzzy with thin tendrils that look like hair or fur. Alternaria alternata prefers plants and plant-based material, and it also grows on damp paper, cardboard, canvas, and textiles.
Like Aspergillus, Alternaria alternata can be spread throughout the home via the HVAC system. Summer and fall are the seasons when this mold is most prevalent outdoors.
Mold Remediation Services in Austin, TX
All Nation Restoration strives to provide the best and safest mold remediation to Austin, TX, and surrounding communities. The company uses ecologically safe plant-based chemicals that will not exacerbate the client’s health or worsen the problem, and all the products and chemicals that the technicians use are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Technicians have the proper training and experience required to effectively combat all types of mold and microbial growth. By using containment barriers and scrubbing the air, they protect the rest of the home from future mold issues. Also, the mold remediation process removes all harmful odors through the use of EPA-approved antimicrobial agents.
Dealing with mold growth can be a daunting task, especially for families where a spouse or child suffers from asthma or allergies. If the mold remediation process is not completed correctly and thoroughly, the problem can snowball in both scope and cost. However, when homeowners trust the experts at All Nation Restoration for comprehensive mold remediation, they can have confidence in the company’s professionalism, experience, and safe mold solutions.