Ulocladium is a quick-growing strain of mold that requires more water to proliferate than other strains and usually takes hold when a home has sustained significant water damage. It is usually seen in high moisture areas including bathrooms, basements, and kitchens, and on wallpaper, painted walls, and painted surfaces. Outside, it is found in soil and on decaying plants.
What Does Ulocladium Look Like?
Ulocladium may vary in color from brown to gray, or greenish-black and it has a texture that feel like suede. It grows with other types of mold including Chaetomium, Fusarium, and Stachybotrys—if you have any of those, you may also want to test for Ulocladium.
How Does Ulocladium Damage Your Home?
If Ulocladium grows on wallpaper and drywall, it must be removed and replaced. If left unchecked, it can cause structural damage. Ulocladium grows and spreads rapidly, and you must act quickly to remove it as soon you’re aware of it before your home is beyond repair.
It’s a given that if you have a Ulocladium mold infestation, you have water damage somewhere in your home, as Ulocladium is a high moisture mold. This—and its proclivity to grow with other molds as previously mentioned—increases the severity of all-around damage to your home.
What Are Health Problems Associated with Ulocladium?
Like most molds, Ulocladium is known to cause allergies. Symptoms of exposure include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headache, sinus congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. People with environmental allergies and respiratory problems such as asthma may be more affected by the presence of Ulocladium than those that are healthy. If you continue to be exposed to Ulocladium, however, regardless of your health, any illnesses likely worsen over time.
In immune-suppressed people, Ulocladium has also been known to cause eye and skin infections. People who are undergoing chemotherapy, or those with HIV or AIDS, and those taking certain medications may be more prone to illness than others. If anyone in your home has these conditions, call a mold remediation specialist to have Ulocladium removed as soon as possible.
How To Rid Your Home Of Ulocladium Mold
Ulocladium needs a significant amount of water and moisture to spread, so if you have any leaks in your home, make sure they’re repaired, and areas that are prone to humidity cleaned and dried thoroughly. Ulocladium spores are mostly spread by air, so make sure to block off the infested area properly if you choose to do the job yourself.
For Ulocladium testing or any mold remediation questions you may have, contact a mold remediation professional.