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Household molds are more common than most homeowners would like to admit, particularly in the summer-damp Tampa, Florida, climate. While many molds aren’t a serious cause for concern, none should be ignored. Long-term exposure to mold can cause a slew of health issues. Though healthy people may never exhibit any symptoms, it’s best to treat mold growth as soon as you notice a problem to minimize exposure and protect your health.

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is one of the most common types of household mold. It can pop up in any moist place but often appears in air conditioning systems. Aspergillus is associated with numerous respiratory problems, as well as eye and ear infections. Frequent asthma attacks, a high fever, and coughing up blood are all signs of aspergillus inhalation. There are more than 185 types of aspergillus. Of these, 22 are known to cause illness. Four types of aspergillus are also aflatoxins, which are known carcinogens.

This rapid-growing mold can mature in just three days. It’s initially white, then darkens to varying shades of brown, black, green, or yellow. A professional consultation will help you identify the full extent of aspergillus growth in your home. You should contact a mold removal professional for any significant growth.

Cladosporium

This mold has a mottled black and green appearance and grows both indoors and outdoors. It’s commonly found in bathrooms on the back of toilets, in carpet and mattresses, growing atop painted surfaces, in HVAC insulation, and in fiberglass air ducts. It may cause various allergy symptoms including a sore throat, watery eyes, and skin rashes. This is a major trigger of asthma attacks.

This is an airborne mold that’s difficult to get rid of. It’s easiest to address in cold weather when the mold is less active. However, in the warm Floridian climate, this doesn’t offer a very big window. Consult a professional to properly identify this mold and come up with a treatment plan.

Stachybotrys – Black Mold

The term “black mold” can strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest homeowners. This mold is well-known for being one of the more allergenic molds. Coughing, tightness of the chest, headache, fever, fatigue, nose bleeds, and inflamed mucous membranes are all symptoms associated with this type of black mold. Stachybotrys thrives on cardboard, paper, and wood. It’s a slow-growing mold, but it can spread prolifically.

You can successfully remove black mold from non-porous materials using a solution of 1 cup bleach in 1 gallon of water. Porous surfaces like drywall or carpet are more difficult to clean. You may need to discard these materials entirely. Materials must dry completely after the mold removal process to prevent regrowth. The EPA recommends turning to a professional for any mold infestation that covers 10 square feet or more.

Mucor

Mucor has a very distinctive appearance that sets it apart from other molds. It appears in thick, grayish growths that are often found on air conditioning systems and ductwork. Mucor is a common problem in water-damaged buildings. If your home has sustained water damage, you should hire a professional for prompt clean-up to dry out the area before this type of mold can take hold.

Mucor is known to cause the disease zygomycosis, also known as mucormycosis. This is a serious fungal infection heralded by fever, headaches, sinus pain, abdominal pain, and respiratory problems. If you suspect this infection, seek medical treatment immediately as it can be fatal.

Acremonium

Homeowners rarely overlook the presence of acremonium, as it’s known for its foul smell. This type of mold can cause nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. It’s capable of affecting the organs, bone marrow, and immune system and may compromise mental abilities. This is a known carcinogen.

There are about 100 species of acremonium. They’re commonly found in HVAC systems on cooling coils, in drain pans, and in windowsills. Damp walls may welcome acremonium as well, particularly in dank basement environments. Pursue professional removal for this mold as soon as you detect a problem.

If you suspect a mold problem in your home, contact ServiceMaster 24 Hour as soon as possible to schedule professional mold remediation services. Contact us today at 813-603-2001.

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