There are many different types of microbes as well as fungi living free in the world around us. Some are benign, some are beneficial, and some are downright dangerous to your health. Mold in general is a fungus, and most of its forms are generally unappealing.
Orange mold is often slimy and ranks amongst the most disgusting types of mold. It is capable of growing on a wide range of surfaces including wood, food, and even hard surfaces in your own bathroom.
Orange mold tends to be slimy, rather than fuzzy like you see with some of the more common types you might encounter. It can be more than just a little bit upsetting to see it in your house. This conjures up questions about what it is, just how dangerous it might be?
Where Does Orange Mold Live?
Mold generally exists as a colony. This means it’s also possible for different types of mold to grow together in the same location. Orange mold, in particular, has been found growing as a companion with black and even the green mold that you more commonly find on food.
Early on in its development orange mold often looks like small spots on a surface. It is more likely to develop on porous materials, but if it is given the chance it can develop on more hard surfaces as well. As time goes on and the colony continues to propagate the colony of orange mold can start to take on more slimy characteristics.
Like other types of mold, it thrives in damp or humid space. This includes the bathroom, the shower, or even a poorly ventilated kitchen. It has a knack for developing on wood, as well as foods like bread, cheese, and yogurt. If you live somewhere with persistently high humidity it can potentially develop in hidden structures in the house, such as behind the drywall of your home’s primary wet wall, or in the basement crawl space.
How Dangerous Is Orange Mold?
Orange mold is visually disgusting, and it is unpleasant to the touch. However, it’s not technically considered to be life-threatening. Yet if it goes unchecked, it has the potential to do significant damage to the structure of your home, which might also decrease its market value.
Now, this doesn’t mean that it’s completely harmless to your health. Individuals with a weakened immune system, respiratory allergies, or respiratory health problems can have a very strong negative reaction to the persistent presence of mold inside a home.
It’s also worth keeping mind that orange mold can also affect your water. If it is allowed to develop in a water filter, a water container, sink faucet, or builds up in the pipes, it can affect the taste of your water.
At the same time trace amounts of mold that develops on food can also start to spread to other foods in your fridge, or cooler.
The Presence Of Orange Mold Bathroom Or Shower
Because of their frequent use and the ability to trap ambient humidity the bathroom and the shower, in particular, are preferred habitats for most types of mold. At the same time, they also have the propensity for holding residual soap and other material that you wash off your body with each shower.
Orange mold also has a tendency to develop in a bathroom or a shower of a home with highly acidic or hard water with a high amount of dissolved mineral content.
It is also possible for orange mold to develop inside your toilet bowl, where the bacterial presence is high. This makes a toilet that doesn’t flush properly more likely to develop orange mold somewhere in the bowl, which typically appears as an orange stain.
Can Orange Mold Develop On Wood?
Orange mold, which can also appear yellow at times, is relatively common outdoors. You are more likely to see it on the surface of wood, as well as compost heaps, and grass piles. In the natural world it tends to look especially slimy.
In nature, mold isn’t immediately dangerous to plants. Yet if it continues to grow unchecked, a large colony of orange mold can potentially suffocate the plants, or disrupt their natural growth pattern.
At the same time, there are many types of mold, including orange mold can also grow on wooden structures. In your house, it can develop on surfaces like the floor, support beams, or foundations. If you have an outbuilding with a leaky roof or that is frequently in shade, it could also start to harbor mold colonies. Without professional remediation, these mold colonies can start to cause an excessive amount of damage.
Can Orange Mold Develop On Food?
Many foods found in your home and kitchen are nutrient dense and/or porous. This can be a very attractive home for many types of mold, including orange mold. It is more likely to affect bread, cheeses, and many other types of dairy products. It can grow on the surface, or even penetrate the food to grow inside it.
If you see mold on your food, you should not attempt to “Eat Around It.” You should consider the food contaminated and dispose of it as soon as possible.
Orange Mold Can Develop On Walls
Mold can grow anywhere with ambient moisture or a nearby water leak. It can potentially even grow behind walls, like your home’s primary wet wall or a wall that is near a roof leak. At first, you might not be able to see the mold growing, until it develops into a large colony with an unappealing smell.
An outbuilding that has recently been flooded or has an unrepaired roof leak is even more likely to develop a mold problem. This is even more likely if the flooding event is followed by continued rain and warm temperatures.
Tips To Help Prevent Orange Mold
There are things you can do every day to help reduce the chances of an orange mold problem in your house.
- Keep your bathroom and shower dry, by using the ventilation fan.
- Flush properly, and if your toilet doesn’t thoroughly flush, have it repaired as soon as possible.
- Use a water softener with a polyphosphate system or an oxidizing filter reduce the mineral content of your drinking water.
- Clean with hydrogen peroxide or a vinegar-based cleaning solution. Let it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes before scrubbing.
- Thoroughly clean your refrigerator and remove old foods to reduce the spread of mold spores to food.
Professional Remediation May Be Necessary
If you have noticed orange mold or any other type of mold developing in your home, it can be hard to remove it. This is even more likely to be an issue if your area has recently been flooded, or you have noticed an unrepaired roof leak.