What is Cladosporium Mold?

Have you ever noticed specs of what looks like black pepper growing in your toilet tank? It is most likely Cladosporium, one of the most common types of mold. There are over 500 species of the genus, of which the differences can only be detected under a microscope.

Characteristics Of Cladosporium Mold

Cladosporium Mold spores live indoors and outdoors and are an airborne allergen. It is found in dying and dead plants, in the soil and on food. It thrives—as other molds do—in a damp, dark, nonporous environment such as window frames and the inside of refrigerators and also multiplies quickly in houses with poor ventilation. This type of mold is also found on wallpaper and on carpet where excessive moisture was or is. It may also be found around windows due to condensation and on damp shower walls. While it’s often found in bathrooms, it can be found in other rooms, too. Look at fabrics, window sills, wood or painted surfaces, cabinets, HVAC vent covers and even paper.

Cladosporium may appear black, brown or green in color. Those small pepper-like dots may eventually merge into one large patch of mold if it is not removed and you could see whitish fuzzy look as well.

How Does Cladosporium Mold Affect Your Health?

Cladosporium is particularly tough on allergy-sensitive individuals. While it is generally non-toxic to humans, Cladosporium is particularly tough on allergy-sensitive individuals, people with asthma and those with immune-compromised systems. In certain people, a high concentration of Cladosporium is not needed to trigger a reaction. Those most at risk to develop allergic reactions are infants, children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Cladosporium exposure symptoms include a congested or runny nose, sinus problems, red and watery eyes, skin irritation, fatigue, sore throat, cough, and hoarseness. More severe signs of exposure are ear inflammation; nose bleeds and joint pain, without swelling.

How To Rid Your Home Of Cladosporium Mold?

Cladosporium mold is airborne, and as such, it can be tough to deal with. Winter curbs its growth a bit due to the cold, but in spring they return with a vengeance. Moldy surfaces should be scrubbed with a bleach-containing product and wiped dry.

To protect your home from damage and to protect your health and the health of your family, all mold needs to be removed including Cladosporium. You may be able to remove it yourself if the infestation is is is less than ten square feet in size, but If you have large amounts of mold in the home, or if you are experiencing mold-related health problems, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends calling in a professional.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with a mold remediation company. A professional will visit your home, inspect for mold, advise you about the cleanup process and answer any questions you may have.

Be sure to ask about safety precautions if you opt to tackle the cleanup on your own so that you don’t inadvertently make yourself ill during the process.