April showers bring…opportunities for mold growth to take over your basement! Mold can be hazardous for your family’s health, especially if anyone suffers from a mold allergy, asthma, or other conditions that affect breathing. Because protecting your health and your family is essential, you should make sure to conduct spring mold inspections in high-risk areas of your home during rainy months so that you can be on top of any mold removal needs.
Mold breeds in damp, humid environments. Spring rain mixed with the warmer temperatures is the perfect recipe for growth to happen in anyone’s home. Your basement and bathrooms are especially susceptible to mold growth because they are moisture-rich environments. When doing a mold inspection, make sure to check the corners of the ceiling and where the walls meet. You should also look around baseboards, behind furniture, around the toilet, in the shower grout, and anywhere else that could trap and lock moisture.
What Does Mold Look Like?
There are more than 10,000 types of mold that can live indoors; however, they each belong to one of five mold families—Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys Chartarum or “black mold.”
Alternaria is what you’re likely to find in your showers or under the sink. It is black, grey, or brown and has a furry texture. Aspergillus is the most common type of indoor mold and can be several different colors, including green, grey, white, yellow, black, and brown. This type of mold is usually found in insulation, on walls, or old clothing. Cladosporium grows in colder areas such as basements and thrives on clothing, carpets, and other fibrous materials. Penicillium grows on damp surfaces such as wet carpet or wallpaper and is blue or green with a very musty odor. Penicillium is very easy to spread and usually needs professional mold removal.
Stachybotrys chartarum is the most dangerous type of mold and is always black, which is why the fungus is also called “black mold.” This mold can cause significant health issues and has a very musty odor. Black mold grows in areas that are consistently damp and always needs professional mold removal for proper remediation.