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Rainbow mold found in Fort Worth home

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Orange, green, black mold growing on a wall. Mold can come in a variety of colors.

Mold can come in a rainbow of colors and many molds can actually be more than one color. The only way to know for sure what type of mold may be growing is to have it tested by a lab. Some molds are inherently more dangerous and harmful than others, but they're all bad. Here are a few of the most common colors:

Green: the most generic color in mold. There are thousands of varieties of mold with this color. Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium are among the most common. 

White: can be found almost anywhere and loves host materials found in dark and damp conditions such as attics or basements. This mold looks like cotton and is very musty smelling.

Yellow: Some yellow molds can be highly toxic while other varieties are not so dangerous. Serpula lacrymans is a common yellow mold found growing on indoor and outdoor wood surfaces. It is an accomplished destroyer of damp and rotting wood.

Black: Often the color you hear about the most because it can be the most toxic. Exposure to certain mycotoxins, a by product produced by molds, can be a serious health risk especially for the very young, seniors, or people with pre-existing conditions like allergies and asthma. Stachbotrys chartarum is the primary culprit for causing health issues by releasing these mycotoxins. This mold is often found in leaky areas, old rotten wood, paper and foods. 

Whatever color of mold you find in your home, it's best to let the professionals of SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth remove it safely. Call us today. 

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