Several types of household mold can possibly infect your home and each type has a different symptom. Here we are going to look at the types of household mold and what possible health risk they may pose to your family.
The most common types of household mold are Altenaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Mucor, and Penicilium. The symptoms that sufferers of illnesses brought about by fungus include red or tired-looking eyes, runny nose, throat irritation, and sometimes unusual attacks of migraine and severe headaches. Allergies and multiple ear infections are also signs that your home may have a fungus infection.
Then there are the less common but deadlier black molds. Black mold types include Menoniella and Stachybotrys. The symptoms of this kind of mold are similar to those of the common mold varieties, only more severe and alarming. Symptoms include chronic coughing, rashes and hives on the skin, nausea, lethargy, and dizziness. And in rare cases there are urinary tract infections, pain in the internal organs, and even bleeding in the lungs. Prolonged exposure to black mold are also said to cause impotence.
In order to avoid your home to be contaminated by these hazardous infestations, you must know what to look for, and also where to look. Mold thrives in warm, damp places like in the shower, behind the toilet, or even near the water heater. And also if your home has centralized air conditioning the leaky pipes provide the moisture that is perfect for the growth of fungus, this is also possible if you have a few leaks in the roof.
When dealing with mold it’s best to know what you’re dealing with. There are some physical signs that you need to be aware of, but the most useful identifying sign is the color. Common household mold that are frequently found growing on your drywall are often colored green, grey, or brown. The deadlier black mold, as its name suggests, is always black with a few specks of white around the edges. Mold will also have a stale, musty smell, which is often carried through your ventilation system. This can cause your curtains and clothes smell musty regardless of when you last laundered them.
In any case household mold should not be something that you ignore. If you catch the infestation while it is still isolated try and treat it immediately. But if the mold infestation has already taken over half of your home its best to contact mold removal experts and let them at it. The risks that mold carries are too great for you to ignore.