Mold in Murrieta: What to Look For

Water damage and mold damage aren’t exactly topics that are on the forefronts of Murrieta residents’ minds. Southern California is, after wall, notoriously dry. However, even the smallest amount of moisture in your home, especially after a big storm or flood, can significantly increase the chances of mold taking hold in your home. What should you look for when checking for mold? Here are three signs of the most common mold types.

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is the most common type of household mold. If your food ever gets moldy, the mold is probably aspergillus. This type of mold is also commonly found in air conditioners. The telltale signs of this mold are clusters of grey and black splotches. Its continued presence can trigger mild allergy symptoms

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is another fairly common type of mold, and is characterized by a blackish or greenish “speckled” texture. In a household, it’s most likely to show up in air ducts, on painted surfaces, or behind toilets. This mold, if left untreated, can release spores that can trigger allergy symptoms and other upper respiratory issues.

Stachybotrys

Known as “black mold” for its black, gooey appearance, stachybotrys is one of the deadlier types of mold. Growing in areas of constant moisture such as air conditioning systems or leaky pipes, stachybotrys secrete mycotoxins that can lead to a wide range of health problems to whoever’s exposed. Not only can the allergy symptoms of other molds appear, but more severe health problems such as asthma attacks, depression, cystic fibrosis, and immune system disorders can also be caused by mycotoxins.

Alternaria

Alternaria is primarily an outdoor mold, but can grow in households that have recently experienced water or flood damage. It has a grey or blackish “fuzzy” texture. Like most molds, exposure can trigger allergic or asthmatic symptoms. Alternaria can spread quickly after it takes hold, so having a recently-flooded area treated quickly is extremely important.

Tip of the Iceburg

This is just a few of the types of household mold types that can occur. A more extensive list of mold types can be found elsewhere online. By knowing what to look for, you can protect yourself against potential mold infestations and be ready to take earlier action.

Can water damage occur where I live?

You might want to ask yourself if it ever rains in your town or city; or if the property you own has plumbing lines. Unless you live out in the middle of the desert, you are certainly always at risk of experiencing some type of water damage to your home or place of business. Water can be equally as disastrous as fire; there is no difference when every item you own can be destroyed beyond recognition. Unfortunately, as is the case with a fire having engulfed an entire property, restoration of water damaged facilities is just as difficult to perform, if not impossible (often the case).

Water damage is obviously a matter that should be taken seriously. It occurs far more often than people may think. Statistics published by the U.S. Fire Administration indicate an average of approximately one and half million fires occur each year in the United States, resulting in losses of about 11 billion dollars. It can be said that all homeowners have experienced loss due to water damage, meaning a lot more cases than fires, and generally a much more costly situation overall. One can easily determine that water damage cleaning services are called out to locations more often than the fire department. What may seem mind-boggling is that if the water wasn’t from a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or flooding of river or lake, over 90% of them could have been prevented by taking precautionary measures.

Don’t let your guard down. A small drip from a leaking pipe in your home could, over time, collapse the house. You can prevent water damage by conducting a thorough check of pipes, hoses from appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines, roof shingles, air conditioning insulation, drains, and rain gutters. You will surely be far more satisfied with having saved your lifetime personal items than filing a claim with the insurance company for money that can’t replace those sentimental possessions. That is, if you are covered.