How to Recognize The Most Common Household Molds in Florida

How to Recognize The Most Common Household Molds in Florida Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Mold is never a good sign. It thrives in damp and dark environments and can occur in your home, business, or any other places that meet mold’s growing requirements. It can also cause serious damage to your health, including asthma and various other respiratory issues.

Areas in central Florida like Plant City, Lakeland and Winter Haven, FL are privy to extreme humidity and wet weather, which can potentially be an invitation for mold. This guide will help you recognize the most common types of mold in your home.

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Acremonium

Acremonium actually refers to a large category that includes about 100 different varieties of mold. Some of the molds in this group can be harmful to your health, and it can sometimes be hard to spot.

Acremonium mold growing on bathroom tiles in Plant City, FL.

This type of mold thrives in areas with extreme moisture, including:

  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Attics

Acremonium can sometimes look like other types of mold, but you may notice colonies that are orange, pink, or white in color. Newer colonies may be moist to the touch, but established colonies may have a dry, powdery texture. Regardless of whether you can detect if it’s Acremonium or not, you’ll want to call the pros immediately for mold removal if you see the signs.

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Alternaria

This mold variety is known for causing respiratory issues, including hay fever, asthma, and upper respiratory infections. Alternaria does well in warm, humid areas and sometimes uses indoor plants as hosts. The color may range from black to varying shades of brown.

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Aspergillus

Aspergillus comprises over 100 species, and some of the more common varieties found in Florida can cause allergic reactions. When doctors talk about mold allergies, they are usually referring to Aspergillus.

People with asthma, COPD, lung infections, or the immunosuppressed are more vulnerable to Aspergillus infections, which may manifest as wheezing, sinusitis, cough, and more severe symptoms.

If you catch it early you may notice velvety, cottony-textured, white mold, but as establishes itself it starts to turn yellow, green, brown, or black. The exact species will determine the color.

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Stachybotrys (Black Mold)

Black mold around a window at a home in Lakeland, FL.

You’ve probably heard the term ‘black mold,’ and if you’re like most homeowners, those words come with a little bit of dread. Some contractors use the term black mold to refer to any number of molds that are black or dark green in color, but an equal number of experts reserve the term for the Stachybotrys variety.

All molds can cause a variety of nonspecific symptoms, and this is no exception. Stachybotrys can make its home in moist environments like bathrooms, but also can form on drywall and other cellulose-based materials. You should immediately call for mold removal as soon as possible.

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Have you seen mold or experienced water damage? Call our professionals today.

Treating mold is best left to the professionals. Don't risk your health or damage to your home by trying to remove mold yourself. True Builders has years of experience with mold remediation in Plant City, Lakeland and Winter Haven,  and surrounding areas of central Florida. Call (863) 647-1800 today to discuss mold remediation services!

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