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Common Types of Mold in the House and How to Remove Them

Common Types of Mold in the House and How to Remove Them

It’s important to act and remediate mold damage quickly. Mold can easily become a big problem for houses because of how fast it grows and consumes surfaces. Bio-One of Chula Vista’s certified technicians can help you determine the level of mold damage in your house, and we can take care of it using EPA-approved chemicals and procedures. Learn about the different types of mold that could be growing inside your house and how our specialists can help you remediate these areas on time.

Mold is very common in both outdoor and indoor environments. It constantly produces spores that travel through the air and into the most suitable areas for dissemination and growth. Outdoors, mold doesn’t represent a threat to humans or animals. In fact, it’s part of the natural ecosystem, as it helps decompose organic matter like dead trees, leaves, etc. 

Indoor mold may result in numerous health complications: allergies, respiratory problems, and intoxication are expected when humans are exposed to highly contaminated areas. Mold will likely grow in the bathroom, laundry room, kitchen (inside cabinets, under the sink, and even behind the fridge), basement, and attic. What do these areas share in common? They’re typically moist.

Stachybotrys chartarum - Also known as “black mold.”

Stachybotrys chartarum is a toxigenic mold that grows in poorly ventilated areas. It’s associated with water damage, so if you’re dealing with water leaks or recent flooding, these mold types are likely to grow in your house. Stachybotrys chartarum has a green to blackish appearance, and it grows in the form of rings and dots. 

To properly remediate houses from Stachybotrys chartarum, you need to eliminate the source of water or humidity. Promptly fix water-related issues like leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, and especially air vents.

Alternaria - The most common type of allergenic mold

Alternaria is responsible for the decomposition of dead organic matter. Though it’s important to maintain natural ecosystems, Alternaria can have negative health repercussions for people exposed to it indoors. Like most types of mold, it can grow on almost any surface, but it’s more likely to be present in damp environments like the bathroom/shower area. 

To properly remediate houses from Alternaria, you need to control the humidity levels (see how dehumidifiers can help you) and ventilate areas regularly. Open windows and allow fresh air to circulate, and consider installing a fan extractor in your bathroom if you haven’t.

Aspergillus - Pathogenic and dangerous for those with respiratory health conditions

Though Aspergillus mold is not known to be toxic, it may have a negative impact on people dealing with asthma and other respiratory conditions. Aspergillus is responsible for a disease called Aspergillosis. It affects people with a compromised immune system, and it can lead to other health complications.

Aspergillus is present in humid, damp environments. Controlling humidity levels and fixing water damage is a way to prevent it from growing in your house.

Penicillium - Allergenic mold growing indoors

Penicillium is known for being highly allergenic. It can trigger allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory health complications. This type of mold is present in damp areas, and it typically has a greenish look.

How Bio-One can remove the different types of mold indoors

The presence of mold indoors may result in dangerous, toxic environments for humans, especially if they’re dealing with other medical conditions like asthma, lung diseases, allergies, and a weakened immune system. Mold should be remediated as quickly as possible, but it’s also important to fix the cause of growth to prevent it from causing trouble in the future.

Bio-One of Chula Vista is a micro-certified mold remediation company. Our technicians are trained to not only remediate the areas impacted by mold but also provide you with insights and helpful advice on the simple tasks you can do to prevent mold from growing in your house. Sometimes, mold remediation entails tearing down building structures to ensure mold pathogens are completely removed from the property. Fortunately, we also work with contractors to ensure all areas are restored to their original pre-incident conditions. 

Our mold remediation technicians can tear down and remove any materials damaged by mold.
Our mold remediation technicians can tear down and remove any materials damaged by mold.

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