The Different Types of Mold

Moshe Amos

Mold is a common problem in NYC apartments due to the warm and humid climate. If left untreated, mold spores can cause health issues such as asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems.
It’s important to know what types of mold you may come across in your homes so you can take proactive steps toward prevention and mold removal when necessary.
Each type has its own set of risks; some may be more dangerous than others depending on the individual case. Knowing how to recognize these molds will help you better protect your loved ones from potential health hazards caused by exposure.
Let’s discuss the common types of molds and what to do if you find them in your apartment.

1.      Acremonium

Acremonium mold appears white to gray and grows on various surfaces, including wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, carpeting, and insulation.
It is widespread in damp environments such as bathrooms and basements with high humidity or moisture levels. It can also spread through air conditioning ducts as spores when disturbed by movement within the home.
Exposure can cause health issues such as respiratory problems, skin irritation, eye irritation, and even gastrointestinal upset. Long-term exposure to this mold can also trigger more severe conditions like cancer.
The best way to treat an infestation of Acremonium mold is through professional mold remediation rather than DIY methods.
NYTDR Professionals will inspect your home for signs of contamination before developing an appropriate treatment plan, including removing any affected materials from your living space and disinfecting remaining surfaces before sealing them off from further fungal growth and water damage.

2.      Alternaria

Alternaria mold often appears as dark green or black spots on walls, ceilings, and floors.
It thrives in areas with high moisture levels, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements, where it can feed off materials like wood, paper, and fabrics.
Alternaria spores can cause allergies, asthma-like symptoms, and upper respiratory tract infections when inhaled or ingested.
Removing Alternaria from your home requires professional services. NYTDR experts use specialized chemical agents explicitly designed for mold removal. They also use air filtration systems to help remove airborne spores, which could aggravate existing health conditions.

3.      Cladosporium

Cladosporium appears as black or green fuzzy growth on damp surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and floors.
The spores can cause allergic reactions when inhaled or ingested, with symptoms ranging from coughing and wheezing to skin irritation and eye inflammation, depending on the level of exposure.
Long-term inhalation can trigger more severe conditions, including pulmonary infections, which may lead to hospitalization.
Removing Cladosporium from your home requires professional remediation services. NYTDR mold remediation professionals will also take steps to prevent future infestations. They identify potential sources of moisture around your home, such as leaks, poor ventilation, or humidifiers, and take corrective action to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

4.      Ulocladium

Ulocladium typically grows in damp areas with water damage, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. It usually appears as gray or black fuzzy growth on walls, ceilings, and floors.
Ulocladium spores often cause allergic reactions when inhaled or ingested, with symptoms like coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, and eye inflammation.
Removing Ulocladium from your home requires professional services. NYTDR has the skills and experience to handle mold removal and prevent future infestations. Once all contaminated materials are out, these experts use proper cleaning techniques like scrubbing down affected surfaces with detergent and thorough rinsing.

5.      Aspergillus

Aspergillus mold is common in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. It appears as a black or green fuzzy growth on walls, ceilings, and floors.
Aspergillus spores can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Long-term inhalation can lead to more severe conditions, including pulmonary infections.
Keeping all affected areas clean and dry is vital by regularly checking for water damage and moldy spots, cleaning them with detergent, and allowing them to dry. This should help prevent future outbreaks before they even start.

Be proactive with Mold infestations.

Mold can be a severe health hazard in New York City apartments as the mold spores can cause respiratory and skin reactions like coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and more severe pulmonary infections if left untreated.
It’s essential to recognize when mold has become a problem within your home and seek a proper consultation with certified professionals from NYTDR. We have experience dealing with water damage and these issues regularly, so we’ll visit your home, evaluate the damage and share a detailed quote for insurance coverage.
This way, you ensure complete removal and preventative measures to minimize the likelihood of recurrences.


Moshe Amos

Moshe has more over 15 years as a licensed contractor in the New York City area. 

As a New York State-licensed Mold Assessor, he is especially knowledgeable about mold assessment and remediation.


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