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Common Types of Mold Found in Short Hills, NJ Homes

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Mold removal is no joke. Though it’s easy enough to dispose of when covering your food, mold in your home can take much more effort than just lifting the lid of the trash can. There are many different varieties of mold that can invade your home, and it’s extremely important to know which you are dealing with when it comes to mold remediation. Some common variations we’ve found in Short Hills, NJ include:

Aspergillus: This species of mold is found typically in oxygen-rich environments where they can feast on materials with high sugar or salt content. The aspergillus family of mold is unique in that it can grow in two completely different environments. Though commonly found on food, this type of mold can also thrive in low nutrient areas, such as damp walls. You’ll often see this species of mold along with mildew growth on exterior walls and in the basement. Aspergillus can cause allergic reactions in humans and animals, and in severe cases, infection. Additionally, when left on foods such as nuts, this species of mold can create a harmful carcinogen.

Mainly affects: those with asthma, cystic fibrosis, and sinusitis.

Cladosporium: This is probably the type of mold that you are most familiar with. Distinguished by its green and brownish colonies, Cladosporium is abundant both indoors and outdoors. It typically grows on any surface with the right amount of moisture. Though no major mycotoxins are produced by this species, it does make volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that emit a less-than-pleasant odor. The level of VOC may have an effect on the health of your employees and your ability to qualify as a “green” company.

Mainly affects: those with severe asthma and respiratory diseases. It may aggravate respiratory infections into pneumonia if left untreated.

Stachybotrys atra  (black mold): Recognized as one of the more harmful species of mold, black mold requires a high moisture content to grow and is typically found on plaster and wallpaper. Health problems related to this mold have been reported since the 1930s. Black mold produces mycotoxins, which under repeated exposure, can create severe health problems for humans and animals, and in some cases can lead to death.

Mainly affects: everyone exposed to black mold for extended periods

Each type of mold requires a specific type of remediation and proper equipment. A professional mold removal company, like ServiceMaster Metropolitan, can help you reclaim your home from colonies and spores, so you can breathe easier in more ways than one. In Paramus, Jersey City, and Short Hills, NJ, mold remediation is only a quick call away. Contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan any day, any time for disaster restoration services.

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