Common Household Mold
What are the common types of mold?
We know that mold spores are everywhere in our environment. They can also enter our homes easier than you may think. Mold can grow quickly, especially if there is a water source, or even just high humidity. Mold grows best with there is a water source, an organic food source, and temperatures between 60-86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Since many Missouri homes may have 1 or 2 of these characteristics, especially in the bathrooms, it may be a good idea to know what to look for if you suspect your home or business has mold.
- Characteristics: green, brown, grey, or black; powdery appearance.
- Where it Grows: on food, dead plants, wood, insulation, and dark, damp environments.
- Characteristics: grey, brown, yellow, green, white, or black and grows quickly.
- Where it Grows: on walls, insulation, soil, clothing, and humid, moist areas.
- Characteristics: green, white, or blue; fuzzy appearance.
- Where it Grows: on food, walls, insulation, and moist, organic matter.
- Characteristics: dark green, grey, or black; long, velvety hairs; doesn’t need much water to grow.
- Where it Grows: on carpets, clothing, around windows, and damp areas such as flooded houses.
Stachybotrys, known as “Toxic Black Mold”
- Characteristics: dark green, or black; slimy
- Where it Grows: on walls, ceilings, floorboards, and any moist area.
- Characteristics: dark green, or black; smaller than stachybotrys
- Where it Grows: on cotton, canvas, wool, ceilings, walls, or damp areas.
If you suspect your home or business has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Rolla today to schedule an air quality test or have an estimate for mold remediation.