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Different Types of Harmful Molds That Might be Present in Your Home

Mold can grow anytime and anywhere in your home or working establishment. Most people assume that mold is not harmful and just affects the aesthetics of your home or business, but that is not the case.

Different types of mold require different kinds of treatments. The mold remediation professionals at ServiceMaster Restore by LoveJoy have compiled these mold facts for you.

Basic Facts About Mold

Common Types of Mold Found in Homes

ASPERGILLUS

Aspergillus on the Petri Dish
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ACREMONIUM

Acremonium on a petri dish
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CHAETOMIUM

Coleroa chaetomium on Rubus ideaeus leaves
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AUREOBASIDIUM

Aureobasidium conidiophores smagnified 40X
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ALTERNARIA

Alternaria alternata spores magnified 160X
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FUSARIUM

Fusarium conidiophores and macroconidia magnified 160X
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MUCOR

Mucor is a microbial genus of approximately 40 species of moulds
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PENICILLIUM

Penicillium glandicola
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TRICHODERMA

Trichoderma viride conidiophores magnified 16X
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ULOCLADIUM

Ulocladium conidiophores magnified 40X
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Health Risks of Mold

Molds are found almost everywhere. They are beneficial to the environment in terms of breaking down dead materials. You’re exposed to mold every day. Mold spores are usually harmless when inhaled in small amounts.

However, when they land on a damp area in your home, they can start to multiply. Spores can then be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. You could experience health problems if you’re sensitive to them and inhale a large amount.

A person’s sensitivity to molds can increase through repeated exposure, causing more severe allergic reactions. These problems are worse indoors when they cause indoor air quality problems.

Those who have higher risks of illnesses caused by molds are those who live or work in establishments that are exposed to moisture and are not adequately ventilated. Infants, children, the elderly, immune-compromised patients, and those with respiratory problems are also at risk.

Mold and Structural Damage

Why is air quality testing recommended?

Mold inspectors may recommend an air quality test to determine the type of mold growing in your structure and the degree of infestation. Moreover, whatever the type of mold present, the CDC recommends that mold should be removed immediately to prevent future growth.

If you do decide to pay for environmental sampling for molds, before the work starts, you should ask the consultants who will do the work to establish criteria for interpreting the test results. They should tell you in advance what they will do or what recommendations they will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Make an Appointment With One of Our Mold Remediation Technicians

As soon as you discover water damage in your home, call ServiceMaster by Lovejoy for water damage restoration and mold inspection, and remediation services.

ServiceMaster by Lovejoy will help you prevent mold from returning to your home. There is a more urgent need for awareness than just the aesthetics of your home or business. Mold has very real health concerns.

If you think you have mold, call us at (678)293-0297 immediately! We have the needed equipment, professionals, and experience to help you with your mold problems. Our Emergency Response Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are servicing homeowners and business owners in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Stockbridge, Conyers, McDonough, Stone Mountain, Covington, Social Circle, and Dekalb County and nearby counties.