3 Common Household Molds and How to Spot Them

A gloved hand pointing at mold growth on a door hinge.

Most people know that mold growth in their home can cause allergy attacks, annoying odors, and even damage to the structural integrity of the home. But did you know that there are multiple types of mold — and that some types of mold are more dangerous than others? Read on to learn about three common types of mold seen in the home and the symptoms you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

  • Aureobasidium. The aureobasidium mold is most often found on wooden furniture and surfaces, but has evolved to survive on wallpaper and painted walls as well. If you notice splotchy patches of pink and black growth, it is probably this type of mold. It is one of the most common types of mold reported by homeowners and has been known to cause more severe allergic reactions when compared to other types of mold.
  • Trichoderma. Trichoderma is a damp area mold, most often taking root and flourishing in wet carpet, damp wallpaper, and similar surfaces. Trichoderma can be distinguished by its green color, which can range in shade from blue-green to a dark green. Trichoderma produces mycotoxins, which can lead to sinus infections and allergic reactions in humans.
  • Stachybotrys Chartarum. Stachybotrys Chartarum (also known as “black mold”) is a toxic mold known for its signature dark black color. Black mold is commonly found in damp areas like air conditioning pipes and ducts. If you notice black mold in your home, call for mold removal as soon as possible; black mold has been known to cause serious upper respiratory issues.

When it comes to household mold, prevention is much better than cure. Rightway Waterproofing provides basement waterproofing in Bucks County that can help prevent the most common types of mold growth and can help protect homeowners against flooding, hurricanes, and other water-related disasters. Anyone interested in learning more about our waterproofing or basement inspections services in Philadelphia is encouraged to give our team a call today at 866-741-6190.  

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