There are four types of common household mold, one of which includes the Aspergillus mold which appears in many forms. For most, this mold is relatively harmless compared to Alternaria. However, for people with lung disease, weak immune system, or a respiratory condition, even Aspergillus mold can cause severe damage to their health.
What is Aspergillus?
Aspergillus consists of a few hundred mold species. Under this genus, some mold species are more dangerous than others. It can be found in worldwide, in various types of climates, however it is most found in the Northern hemisphere during the autumn and winter season.
It can grow in environments that are rich in oxygen on carbon-heavy substances, however Aspergillus can also grow in damp places as part of mildew. Some examples of mold species that fall under the Aspergillus genus are mold found growing on plants, trees, bead, and potatoes. They may also be found growing on damp walls, floorboards, carpets, filters, fans, and many more.
Is Aspergillus Dangerous?
Although mold species under Aspergillus are not considered dangerous, they may still post as a health threat to people who have a weakened respiratory system or immune system. For these people, exposure to the mold makes them prone to contracting a respiratory infection known as aspergillosis. Thousands of people have lost their lives to aspergillosis every year.
Depending on the amount of exposure, health problems such as the following may be experienced:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Allergy reactions
- Lung infections
- Organ infections
- Organ Failure
- Coughing up blood
What Should I Do If There Is Mold in My Home?
If you detect or suspect that there is a mold outbreak in your home, reach out to a professional mold remediation service provider to assist you. It is not advisable to attempt removing the mold by yourself is you may end up exacerbating the situation. Mold spores become airborne when mold is disturbed or removed. In removing it yourself, you or your family may end up inhaling the mold spores.
Why Work with Iris Environmental Laboratories?
As an accredited laboratory, Iris Environmental Laboratories consists of a team of certified experts. We are qualified in conducting mold inspections, air quality tests, site surveys, and many other services. Having worked with many satisfied customers in the last 20 years, our team of highly trained field experts are at your service.
When it comes to dealing with a mold outbreak, we understand that time is of the essence. Cost may also be a concern to you. However, rest assured that our services are offered at competitive rates with a quick turnaround time for you.
If you have questions regarding mold, visit our frequently asked questions page for more information. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to one of our consultants, call us at 1800-908-6679 or fill up our online form and we will contact you as soon as possible.