The Consequences of 3 Common Household Molds

Did you know that there are over 100,000 different types of mold found on Earth? While some types of fungus are edible (like mushrooms and the mold found in blue cheese), many strains of mold can pose serious health hazards — especially if they take root in your home. If you spot any one of these common household molds, be sure to call for a basement inspection in Philadelphia as soon as possible.

  • Cladosporium. You can identify Cladosporium mold by searching for its characteristic green and white “fuzz” that contains the spores of the mold. Cladosporium is most often found in areas with poor ventilation, and a dark, damp atmosphere — like your basement or a tool shed. If left untreated, this type of mold can cause allergies, nail infections, or eye infections.
  • Penicillium. Though Penicillium has a number of medical uses, finding it in your home is always a bad sign. You can spot this type of mold by looking for blotchy patches of yellow and green, most commonly found in carpeting. Penicillium flourishes wherever there is indoor moisture, which makes it particularly common in basements with carpeting that haven’t been waterproofed. If left untreated, this type of mold can cause lung inflammation or hay fever in anyone living in the home where it’s growing.
  • Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys (commonly referred to as “black mold”) is a type of toxic mold commonly found in wet areas of the home. Some of the most susceptible areas in your home include your basement, bathroom, and laundry room. You can identify Stachybotrys by searching for green-black stain-like clusters on your walls. If left untreated, this type of mold can cause serious health issues, ranging from fevers to dermatitis and even respiratory issues.

A quick call to your local waterproofing contractors in Chester County working with Rightway Waterproofing can help you protect your home against dangerous mold. Give us a call today to learn more or schedule your service!

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