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Different Mold Colors: What they are and Would they Could Mean

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Mold is more complicated than most people might imagine. Yet, the fact that it can trigger rashes, headaches, allergies and asthma attacks and that it is unsightly is all that concerns most people. On the other hand, we at Conejo Restoration are familiar with the different types of molds you may stumble across. Here is our helpful guide that will tell you how to identify each kind of mold that may be in your home based on its color.

  • Green mold: This is the color that most people associate with mold. However, green mold is more complicated than most people would imagine. For example, did you know that there are thousands of species of green mold? Well, there are. Additionally, it is impossible to know exactly what kind of mold you are facing without an expert’s guidance. This kind of mold – just as with all other kinds of mold – should be disposed of immediately.
  • Olive green to brown/gray: Mold in these colors often has a velvety appearance. Further, there are approximately 40 species of this kind of mold – Alternaria – that can be found outdoors on many kinds of vegetation as well in your carpets, basement and attic.
  • Blue, white mold: These kinds of mold belong to the Penicillium genus. Yes, you’ve guessed it. This kind of mold was first used many years ago to produce penicillin. It is commonly found on walls. It too can create allergenic reactions in those who are sensitive it its presence.
  • Black mold: There are 180 species of black mold which commonly grows in damp areas of houses and sometimes in nature. Exposure to it can cause aspergillosis, a group of diseases often characterized by breathing issues.
  • Pink mold: Pink mold is often found in bathrooms around sinks and tubs and is actually a form of bacteria. The danger with it is that it can enter the urethra through catheters or the lungs through respirators for patients who are confined in hospitals. It has even been known to infect the corneas of some contact lens wearers via their contact lens cases.mold

Whatever kind of mold is in your home it has no place there. Our mold remediation team can inspect and remove any kind of mold that is growing in your home. We have the right equipment and experience to conduct mold inspection that will be thorough and complete whether it was formed in the aftermath of a flood or other cause.

Mold in the Workplace: What You can Do

Mold growth can occur just about anywhere. It is not necessarily confined only to private residences. It flourishes wherever moisture and organic materials exist. This means that commercial establishments are just as vulnerable to mold growth as private homes. Here are some facts about mold in the workplace, its sources and what you can do to protect yourself and your co-workers if you find it thriving in your office.

Mold in the Workplace

Mold is the number cause of a condition known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This is a medical condition where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or feel unwell for reasons they cannot necessarily pinpoint. It is a very real condition that can contribute to absenteeism which results in lower productivity. Moreover, mold in the workplace can damage property as well as it can cause workers to suffer from a whole host of symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, etc. Finally, mold in the workplace is unsightly and can give visitors and clients to your office a bad overall impression of your business.

Its Sources

There are many places mold can begin to form in workplace. This is particularly true of buildings that lack adequate ventilation. Building materials like drywall can be a receptacle for mold as well. Some other sources of mold in the workplace include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed, unfinished or insufficient maintenance projects

 

What to do if you see Mold in your Workplace

If you see mold in the workplace, here are the steps you should take:

  • Advise your manager immediately
  • Provide details about the environment of the location
  • Recommend mold remediation
  • Visit or contact your regional or area Occupational Safety and Health Administration office
  • Request proof from your company that they’ve cleaned the area. They may wish to do so if only to avoid legal actions.office mold

Finally, if you have been exposed to mold either at home or in the place and exhibits signs such as a chronic cough you may wish to see your doctor for a check-up. He or she can advise you on what course you should take if your condition was caused by mold exposure. As mold damage restoration experts we can conduct a mold inspection and advise you on how you can eliminate mold in the workplace and at the same time protect your workers, guests and clients.

5 Hidden Places Mold Grows

One of the many reasons it makes more sense to hire professionals to find and remove mold from your home as opposed to doing it yourself is that mold tends to hide in unexpected places. When we conduct a mold inspection for the purpose of mold remediation, we use special equipment that can detect the presence of mold spores in the air. Additionally, we are familiar with all the places mold can hide from easy detection. Here are just a few of the hidden places mold can elude detection by non-professionals.

  • Air conditioning equipment interiors and in HVAC duct work: Because moisture is present inside air conditioners and other HVAC duct work, mold is likely to form at some point. This is especially true when owners neglect to have their units cleaned and serviced on a regular basis. These locations are particularly problematic because air then introduces mold particles into the air where it is inhaled.
  • Window sills: Window sills go past most people’s radar but mold can easily form here. This is because the dirt that can deposit itself here feeds mold. That plus moisture can create an ideal breeding grown for mold.
  • Wallpaper: We said mold detection can be elusive. Mold can and often does hide behind wallpaper and unless you happen to be removing it you may never know that it’s there. If you do suspect that mold may be hiding behind the wallpaper in your home, then you should contact a professional right away. Removing it can release the mold into the air.mold
  • Up in the attic: How many of us spend a great deal of time in the attic? Not many. In fact, many of us have probably forgotten what is even in our attic. Well, one thing that could be up there is mold. Poor insulation, roof leaks, etc., can create an ideal place for mold to spread.
  • On (or in) toys: Toys can get very dirty as children often put them in their mouths where they can accumulate bacteria, moisture, etc. This makes hard latex toys in particular ripe for mold growth. Be sure to machine wash your children’s toys on a regular basis.

There are many other places that mold can hide from easy detection. We know them all. We are never surprised to discover where mold can be hiding. We will use our experience and technology to inspect your home for mold and remove it once and for all.

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