Chaetomium colonies are cottony and white in color initially. Mature colonies become grey to olive in color. From the reverse, the color is tan to red or brown to black. There are over 100,000 types of mold, some of which are more toxic than others. Mold in your home can harm you, your family and your property if not treated quickly.

Characteristics Of Chaetomium Mold

Chaetomium is a common mold found in damp buildings. Water-damaged building materials including wallpaper, drywall, window frames, baseboards, and carpets are just a few of the places it can be found. Chaetomium produces an enzyme called cellulase, which breaks down the cellulose in these materials and destroys them.

This type of mold is also sometimes found outdoors on decaying matter, in plants, soil or on animal dung. The concentration of Chaetomium mold spores in an air sample will usually be low even when there is a significant amount of the mold present, as they are larger and heavier than in other types of mold.

How To Remove Chaetomium Mold From Your Home

The presence of Chaetomium mold usually signifies a leak somewhere in the home. To make your home safe again, you’ll need to determine the source of the excessive moisture and correct it in addition to removing the mold.

If you see mold—or otherwise sense its presence—you need to act fast. The longer mold is allowed to remain in your home, the more likely it is to spread to other areas, making the cleanup work more extensive and expensive. Also, it is more likely that you or members of your family will experience mold-related health problems.

Chaetomium mold, as well as other types of mold, often grows in hard-to-see places—under carpets, inside walls, and inside heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts. To make sure all areas of possible mold infestation are located and cleaned correctly, scheduling a free home inspection and consultation with a mold remediation specialist. This experienced professional will help you find all areas of mold, and advise you as to what they’ll do to remove it.

Should you choose to remove it yourself, the mold remediation professional will advise you on what you’ll need to properly and safely tackle your mold problem.

Remember, in addition to removing Chaetomium permanently, you’ll need to find the cause of excessive moisture and correct the problem so that it doesn’t reoccur. Likely sources of excess moisture include leaky pipes (under sinks, behind toilets, and under and around appliances that use water, like water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines) and leaky roofs. While mold remediation professionals generally don’t repair roofs, they can help you find the cause of your problem and suggest a concrete solution to ridding your home of mold for good.