Scott “Spiderman” Mulholland explains different types of interior molds
Mold is a lot more common than you might think, says expert inspector Scott Mulholland.
PLACE REDDICK, FL, USA, July 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Homeowners and investors are encouraged to check their buildings for mold to prevent further damage to their property. Mold is a more common problem than most realize. It is estimated that 50% of American homes have mold problems. Scott Mulholland recently discussed mold in investment properties, offices and homes. He spent nearly four decades investigating homes and stopping damage as a contractor. As an expert in water damage and mold, Scott Mulholland wants to clean the air.
“I see people completely frozen with fear of mold,” says Spiderman Mulholland. “If they find out that there might be mold in space, they’re terrified. This leads to dragging their feet to get a real inspection or just wanting to back out of the deal if they are in the process of buying. But, there are ways to prevent it and ways to fix it if the construction is bad.
He says the best process is to deal with the mold immediately and then find the cause of the moisture invasion. There are a number of types of mold that are commonly found in homes, including:
Stachybotrys chartarum: Also called black mold, it tends to grow on very porous cellulose surfaces, such as paper and fibreboard.
Cladosporium: thrives in warm, cool conditions, often found in fabrics, carpets, HVAC ducts, or wood surfaces.
Penicillium: A downy mold that grows from water damage and can be found under carpets, insulation or in basements.
Trichoderma: A creamy white mold that turns green and can be found on window sills, wood cabinets, bathrooms or kitchens.
Aspergillus: A powdery-looking mold that does not require a lot of air and is often found in fabrics, dry foods, walls, and attics.
Alternaria: A fuzzy white mold with black spots likely to be found near air conditioning units, bathrooms, or kitchens growing on wallpaper and fabrics.
Aurobasidium: Pin mold with black spots that like grout, caulk, wood, and other porous surfaces.
Scott Mulholland says most people are not susceptible to the majority of molds. However, mold is a clear sign of a damage problem that needs to be addressed. He says sweaty windows, leaky pipes and poor construction issues are common causes of mold.
“Rather than worrying about mold or avoiding it, homeowners just need to find the right expert to get rid of it,” says Scott Mulholland. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and mold is not uncommon, but it’s not something you want to give up. While a DIY solution can work in some cases, it often takes an expert to get rid of it completely and make sure the source of moisture doesn’t cause the same problem again in the future.
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