“For Stress-Free Healthy Living”

Understanding Mold In West Bay

mold removal west bayMold is a fungus that thrives in damp areas where the temperature stays above 60 degrees, consistently near 80 degrees (hello Florida). There are reportedly thousands of distinct mold species, some of which are not at all harmful to human health while others have serious, long-lasting impacts on the body. 

Mold Removal West Bay

Three categories can be used to categorize harmful molds:

  1. Pathogenic: Molds that are pathogenic cause health issues in people with acute illnesses
  2. Allergenic: Allergenic molds produce allergies and cause allergic reactions upon exposure
  3. Toxigenic: Molds that are toxic are those that release poisonous compounds that could cause life-threatening illnesses 

Within these three classes of mold, there are 12 different types of mold that are most commonly found in West Bay homes that can cause symptoms to those who are exposed to them. They include:

  1. Ulocladium is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms where steam is present
  2. Stachybotrys, more widely known as Black Mold – this mold is toxigenic 
  3. Mucor, an allergenic mold commonly found near HVAC systems due to moisture from condensation
  4. Cladosporium, most often found in textile fabrics and materials, like upholstery and carpet
  5. Aureobasidium, another allergenic mold
  6. Alternaria, which is the most common form of allergenic mold found indoors
  7. Acremonium, a toxigenic mold
  8. Aspergillus which is one of the most frequently occurring indoor molds found in homes across the country
  9. Chaetomium commonly found following indoor water damage
  10. Fusarium which is both toxigenic and allergenic often found near water sources
  11. Trichoderma, another allergenic mold
  12. Penicillin is an allergenic mold that is most commonly recognized because of its velvety green appearance

More harmful poisonous byproducts, known as mycotoxins, are the real threat when it comes to finding mold in your home. Mold releases these mycotoxins which are then absorbed by the skin, lungs, and intestinal lining. Mycotoxins can cause serious and even fatal illnesses with prolonged exposure, which is one reason why mold removal needs to be performed as soon as the problem is identified. Not only are mycotoxins a threat, but all mold produces through microscopic spores. These spores travel through the air, affecting indoor air quality throughout the entire home. Breathing in mold spores can lead to:

  • Congestion
  • Sore throats
  • Irritated eyes
  • Skin rashes
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Lung infections like pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Upper respiratory illness

Convinced now at how serious mold found in your West Bay home is? Good. Now, while there are many different types of mold, there is one thing they all have in common – they need professional removal services to safely and thoroughly solve the problem. If you notice mold in your home or suspect there could be mold growth, call the mold removal experts at Daystar Cleaning. We know that there is a lot to remember when it comes to mold and its different types and forms, but don’t worry – you don’t need to remember all the names and types, all you need to remember is that Daystar Cleaning can take care of mold removal when you need it in your home.