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What You Need to Know About Red Mold

Last time on this blog we talked a bit about how mold can come in a variety of colors. We also discussed the meanings and types of mold that appear in the home and in the wild. This time we would like to take some time to talk about a type of mold that usually flies under the radar – red mold.

What is Red Mold?

Red mold is a type of yeast that often appears as small spots are flecks. For this reason, many people mistake it for simple stains. Moreover, red mold can generally be found on building materials such as particle board or drywall and can quickly spread just as any other kind of mold can depending on the surrounding environment. Finally, once red mold has begun to spread its presence can usually be detected by its musty smell.

Is Red Mold Dangerous?

Red mold is not black mold for sure but that does not mean that it does not pose certain health risks. Symptoms of red mold exposure can cause certain symptoms to appear in the following kinds of individuals:

  • Babies, toddlers, and children.
  • People with respiratory problems, such as asthma, pneumonia, or bronchitis.
  • People with allergy, or tend to develop allergic reactions easily.
  • People with compromised immune system, such as those with AIDS, Lupus, and cancer.
  • The elderly.

The symptoms of red mold exposure include dizziness, headache, sneezing, coughing, blocked nose, eye irritation, and exhaustion.red mold

How to Prevent Red Mold

The formation and spread of red mold can be prevented in much the same as the spread of others kinds of mold can be controlled – by controlling moisture levels in your home or business. In particular, you should use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels and increase the circulation in your home or office if you think that mold may have begun to form in either of these places.

How to Remove Mold

Finally, you can attempt to remove red mold using a DIY like bleach but this is not a good idea. First, you will likely expose yourself to mold or even cause it to spread while you are attempting to remove it. Second, red mold is often accompanied by other kinds of mold and can signify a larger problem. Lastly, DIY methods cannot fully detect the extent of mold contamination like our special equipment can which can test air quality and the presence of microorganisms.

We have all read and heard a great deal about black mold and green mold and many people wrongly assume that these are the only kinds of mold that can be harmful. We hope that this post has dispelled that notion. Any kind of mold can be harmful particularly to those who have weakened immune systems and/or allergies. That is why it is important to take action after your home or business has undergone water damage in Thousand Oaks. Our water damage restoration team can quickly detect all kinds of mold and remove it from your dwelling or place of business ensuring the health and safety of your family and your employees.

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.

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