If you have a basement in your home, chances are you find it a convenient place to store things, but the problem is, you might be storing moisture there as well. This moisture could be causing mold. There isn’t just one type of mold that can be found in your basement and, while all molds are unsightly, certain types of them can also be toxic for humans. There are two different kinds of molds:
Allergenic molds are molds that are not usually a health risk unless you’re highly sensitive to mold or have asthma. Be aware, however, that certain types of allergenic molds are carcinogenic and have been found to grow in human tissue.
Mycotoxin molds are toxic for humans and pets and should be handled and removed with extreme care.
Here’s a table describing the most common types of mold that may be found in your basement area.
|Aspergillus (very common in household mold growth)||Dark Green; grows on walls, ceilings and furniture and found in areas that are relatively dry||Yes||Some types|
|Fusarium (grows very quickly)||Light Yellow; grows on carpets, damp walls, standing water and often around HVAC systems||No||Yes|
|Cladosporium (common in cooler conditions)||Black; grows where lots of condensation exists, window AC units, window sills, shower curtains, bathroom ceilings||Yes||No|
|Stachybotrys (known as “black mold”)||Black; grows in areas that are very wet with low light; distinct musty odor||Yes||Yes|
Things That Will Lead to Mold Growth in Your Basement
These are just a few of the common causes of leaks in basements. Remember: keeping a cool, dry, environment can keep your basement free of mold growth.
If you notice or suspect mold in your basement, contact Ace Mold Proof as soon as possible! We can help you identify, remove and prevent mold growth in your home. This will not only protect the value of your house but the health of your family as well!