Types of mold found in the house and the health complications that arise from it

Molds are a group of fungi that has been designed by nature to decay & decompose organic matter which is dead, in order to let new life forms to grow. In a way it is very essential to keep the natural ecosystem going.

However, it creates problems for the humans when it finds it’s shelter in their homes. It feeds itself on the surface that it grows, in turn breaking natural material, thus putting it’s constituents back in the lap of mother nature.  Thus it damages the very basic structure of the house. Moreover, it also causes various health problems. Allergy, dermatitis and respiratory problems like asthma is the most common. It can also cause other health issues which include pain in the stomach, head and even skin problems.

Molds need a specific environment to thrive upon. Areas which are high in moisture, damp, cold and has a temperature range favorable for the human survival, is most suitable for its growth.  As the source of nutrition of mold is Carbon, it can practically grow on any surface.  Mold inspection Orlando

The following types of molds are generally found in the home:

  • Aspergillus: It appears black/yellow green in the surface and white/yellow or gold/brown underneath. Dirt and plants are favorable for its growth. It can also grow in plant matters that are dead like wood, cardboard. Compared to others it is relatively mild and causes irritating symptoms as in allergy
  • Cladosporium: It is small in size and has black appearance like a pepper and appears in powder form. It thrives on building materials that are wet. It is allergic in nature and causes similar symptoms like Aspergillus.
  • Pennicillium:  It has a fuzzy green appearance or may appear in white or blue colors with fuzz. It grows on food, or on organic matter that are dead and moist. Symptoms are similar to Aspergillus.
  • Alternaria: It can appear as dark olive green or brown in color. Grows in carpets, insulated fiberglass or in the frames of window. It is also allergic in nature.
  • Stachybotrys: It is of major concern since it is toxicogenic in nature. It poses serious threat to humans irrespective of the strength of their respective immune systems.

In the room, molds thrive in the dusts or in the vents of the ACs and whenever the Ac is turned on, the spores of the mold blast throughout the house thus causing health problems.

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