How Dangerous is White Mold?
- On August 31, 2018
Many types of mold can invade your living space and cause all manner of problems to both the structure and your family. Most homeowners know to watch for black mold, but mold can come in a variety of colors in addition to black. There are green, green-brown, brown, and white molds. White mold is even more prevalent than black mold but doesn’t often get the same notice. Let’s take a look at white mold, where it comes from, and what harm it can cause you and your family.
Where You Find White Mold
White mold actually starts out as mildew, and after it is left to grow, it turns into white mold. It is commonly found in places that are damp and have high humidity. Some common places you will find white mold are:
*Attic sheathing and framing
*Clothing and other textiles that have been allowed to sit wet for long periods of time
Anyplace where there is dirt and limited airflow is perfect for the growth of white mold. The mold feeds off the organic material in the dirt. The lack of airflow makes it difficult for places like crawlspaces under porches and in basements to dry out once they get wet. Often old-style cellars that were dug out of the dirt and had old stones where the dirt and water seep through the walls are full of many different types of mold, including white mold.
Health Hazards of White Mold
For many people, the most unpleasant thing about mold is the smell and unsightly growth. For many others, having any type of mold around is like sitting on a time bomb where respiratory health is concerned. White mold can cause asthma attacks, hypersensitivity pneumonia, COPD attacks, and sinus infections just to name a few. Children, the elderly, and people with breathing problems are the most susceptible to being affected enough to need hospitalization. It is very likely, however, that if you have hidden mold in your home, the majority of the time there is a lot of sneezing, sniffing, and sinus problems going on.
Eradicating White Mold
Here at EHS Restoration, we have years of experience ridding homes like yours of all manner of mold, including white mold. Trying to do this yourself is often unsuccessful because mold can hide in places you don’t see, like in your air vents. We have the necessary knowledge and equipment to seek out even the most hidden molds and rid your home of them completely. If you suspect you have a problem with white mold or any other type, contact us and discuss what we can do for you.