Chaetomium is said to be the third most common type of mold found in damp buildings. It can be found on all sorts of water-damaged building materials, including wallpaper, drywall, window frames, baseboards and carpets. The mold produces an enzyme called cellulase, which breaks down the cellulose in these materials, literally destroying them. Sometimes it is also found on food, but that’s not so common.
This type of mold is also sometimes found growing outdoors on decaying plant matter, in soil or on animal dung. It’s found indoors more often than outdoors, however.
Let us start by saying you may not know what kind of mold is in your home. Most people don’t. You can’t tell what kind of mold it is just by looking at it. Some homeowners choose to have the mold in their homes tested to see what kind of mold it is, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in most cases, that’s not necessary. All kinds of mold are potentially hazardous to your health and need to be removed.
Some people do choose to test their homes for mold, though. Maybe they want to find out if mold is present or maybe they’ve had the mold removed by a professional and want to make sure it’s all gone. There are a number of reasons some homeowners test their homes for mold. Here is more about testing for mold, and when it is recommended.
If air tests reveal you have this type of mold growing in your home, it often means you have a pretty big mold problem. Chaetomium spores are larger and heavier than the spores of many other types of mold, so the concentration of them in an air sample will usually be fairly low even when there is a large amount of the mold present in the home. You may find more of the spores in a sample of household dust, however.
If you have this kind of mold in your home, it suggests you have a chronic moisture problem. This type of mold is usually found in home with leaky pipes, a leaky roof, a chronically damp basement, or something of that sort. That means if you want to remove the mold and make your home safe again, you’ll need to determine the source of the excessive moisture and correct it in addition to removing the mold. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with mold again.
Mold, any kind of mold, needs to be removed from your home as soon as possible. The longer mold is allowed to remain in your home, the more likely it is to spread to other areas of the home, making the cleanup work more extensive and more expensive. The longer mold remains in your home, the more likely you or members of your family will begin experiencing mold-related health problems, as well. In some cases, mold can cause very serious, even life-threatening, complications. You can read more about mold-related health problems.
Mold often grows in hard-to-see places, like under carpet, inside walls, and inside heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts. In order to make sure all areas of mold are located and removed from your home, we suggest scheduling a free home inspection and consultation with a mold remediation professional. An experienced professional will visit your home, help you locate all areas of mold, and advise you about the work that needs to be done. You’ll get answers to all your questions along with a written estimate for the cost of having the work done by a professional. There is no cost for the consultation and no obligation on your part, so there’s nothing to lose. You can find qualified mold remediation professionals offering free inspections and consultations in your area by following the link.
Remember that in addition to removing the mold from your home, you’ll need to find the cause of the excessive moisture in your home and correct the problem. A mold remediation professional can help you with that, as well. Likely sources of excess moisture include leaky pipes (check under sinks, behind toilets, and under and around appliances that use water, like hot water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines) and leaky roofs. While mold remediation professionals generally don’t repair leaky roofs, they can help you find the cause of your mold problem. If you are unable to do the work yourself, you can hire a contractor.