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Types of Dangerous Mold in the Home and How to Protect Against it

Mold in your crawl space or basement can damage your health as well as the structural integrity of your home if you don’t work to remove it.

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If you’ve ever let a dish of food sit in your refrigerator for too long, you know how easily mold can make its way into your home. Unfortunately, some molds are more dangerous than others, both to the health and to the structural integrity of your home.

If you’re looking to protect your home from damage, you’ll need to know what kinds of molds you’ll want to look out for. When you know what you’re dealing with, you can more easily remove that mold from your home. Alternatively, you’ll be able to let the contractors in your area know what kind of mold you have in your home, and they’ll be able to come in and help you take back your space for yourself.

Types of dangerous mold in the home

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Molds You Can Find In Your Home

You may not always be able to identify the specific type of mold you have in your home. Some of the most common types to appear alongside foundation, basement, or crawl space damage include:

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Stachybotrys chartarum 

These molds will impact your home in different ways, but none of them are good for your health. Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Alternaria, for example, will all lower the quality of the air in your home, putting you or your loved ones at risk for respiratory conditions.

Stachybotrys chartarum, comparatively, can impact your respiratory health while also exposing you to conditions that can inspire severe health conditions. More commonly known as black mold, this mold appears when your home ends up overexposed to moisture.

How To Remove Mold From Your Home

It’s best to respond to the presence of mold in your home with immediate action. You can work to rid your home of mold on your own time. Stachybotrys chartarum, for instance, requires a rapid response if you want to keep it from impacting your health. However, it can be dangerous to try and remove this type of mold from your home if you don’t have the appropriate protective gear on hand.

It is also more difficult to completely remove mold from your home than you might think. You can’t just scrub your walls clean. You’ll instead need to scrape the mold from the place it’s settled, then expose that location and all of the porous materials around it to a thorough cleaning or complete removal. Oftentimes, it’s best to seek the advice of a mold removal specialist.

Preventing Mold Growth In Your Home

If you’re looking to protect certain parts of your home from mold clusters, you can:

  • Circulate your air regularly – Contrary to popular belief, mold travels into your home via air currents, not water. If you keep the air in your home flowing, you can prevent those traveling mold spores from settling in place, thereby denying them the security they need to take root.
  • Clean out your air vents – In a similar vein, you’ll want to keep your air vents clean. The cleaner your vents are, the fewer opportunities mold will have to settle.
  • Get rid of standing water or unwanted moisture – Mold loves little more than moisture. If you have standing water in your home, or if your hygrometer says there’s more moisture in the air than usual, you can work with contractors in your area to safely dry out your home. In doing so, you’ll prevent mold particles from taking in the nutrients they need to grow into substantial clusters.
  • Fix your leaks and cracks – A damaged foundation, basement, or crawl space is an environment that’s more likely to see mold growth. If you want to keep your home mold-free, you can work with the contractors in your area to fix up any cracks or leaks that may have sprung throughout your home.
  • Waterproof your home – As mentioned, the best way to keep mold out of your home is to deny it the nutrients it needs to grow. When you invest in home waterproofing measures, you can prevent the kinds of water damage and accumulation that can result in mold growth. 

As mentioned, you’ll also want to do what you can to keep porous materials, like carpeting or untreated wood, away from the areas of your home that are more likely to see water damage. These materials can take in moisture more rapidly than others, and in doing so, they can become incubators for mold.

If you’re concerned about the presence of mold in your home, don’t wait to act. You can reach out to a professional contractor in Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC, and Greenville, SC, to start exploring your removal options. After an individualized home inspection from the experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services, you can look over the provided free quote and determine what repairs and future waterproofing measures may serve your home best.

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