What Kinds of Mold Can Be In Your Homes?
SERVPRO Explains Different Types of Mold Damage
We're often telling our clients to avoid mold and mold damage, but we recently discovered that many people are unaware of the various kinds of mold that exist. You'd probably be surprised to learn that there are over 100 different types of mold that can grow in your home (and many only grow in very specific situations). Our technicians are trained in the detection and verification of mold growth.
What Kinds of Mold are Most Common?
You should not be surprised to know that mold damage in Dallas is pretty common. With rapid shifts in humidity, weather, and temperature, a wide variety of mold can grow virtually anywhere. There are several species that you're more likely to see, however.
Alternaria spreads quickly from the outdoors, and usually enters the house through poor ventilation or HVAC units. It also grows under sinks where the pipes leak, and it spreads quickly throughout a home.
If you see "pink" mold, it's usually aurei basidium. It grows on virtually all surfaces, including wallpaper and painted surfaces.
Usually found in bathrooms without ventilation, Botrytis requires a lot of moisture and humidity.
Commonly found on drywall, Chatomium has a decidedly musty smell.
This type of mold can grow in colder temperatures, and often prefers fabrics, carpets, and wood surfaces.
This type of mold grows anywhere that may have been damaged by water (especially carpets, wallpaper, or in mattresses). It's usually blue or green. We all know the petri dish story.
Traditionally called "black mold," this nasty, slimy mold grows anywhere it's damp (and stays damp). Stachybotrys has a particularly musty odor that makes it easy to identify. It has undeservedly earned a reputation as a fierce health hazard.
Usually, if your wood is rotting out, it's because of Serpula lacrymans. It's yellow in color.
This hardy variety of mold grows on carpets, wallpapers, and wet surfaces. It produces similar toxins to black mold, which is why Trichoderma is taken very seriously.
These type of fungi rely on water to grow, so it's usually found in flooded homes. It's usually found on the walls.
This kind of mold starts in the basement, normally because of excess salt deposits (because of rock salt or other surface coatings), and is often called white mold.
Don't Wait, Deal With the Mold Today!
Our SERVPRO professionals handle virtually any mold, keeping you and your family's health as our top priority. We have the equipment to handle the mold infestation safely and effectively, no matter what species of mold kind it may be. Give SERVPRO of Northwest Dallas County a call at (214) 361-7887 when you see or smell mold.