Mold comes in all shapes and sizes and is a common problem for homeowners, especially those in older homes or wet climates. Most people assume that mold is always black, or the blueish-green color, but with over 300 strains of mold discovered it comes in many different colors. Yellow mold may be surprising to find but it, just like any other mold, should be removed promptly from any home. Most people have questions when it comes to yellow mold and want to know more about this oddly colored find.
Where is yellow mold found?
Yellow mold can be found in a variety of places and it grows on many different surfaces. Unlike some molds that only grow inside or in dark places, yellow mold can thrive in a variety of conditions. It can often be found outside in gardens, mulch, or even grass clippings. This can often scare people thanks to the yellow mold’s bright yellow color. Indoors, it can be found on bathroom surfaces, wood, or the walls. Yellow mold is able to live in many conditions but thrives like most mold in undisturbed damp places.
What does yellow mold look like?
Yellow mold, as the name suggests, has a yellowish color ranging from dull to bright depending on the strain. Some yellow mold looks similar to “normal” mold with small spores and specks but with a yellow color. Other types of it have large lumps and growths and have a bright yellow color. Many people assume that the bright color makes it more dangerous than other mold, but in reality, it is mostly the same with a different color. Yellow mold is easy to identify from other varieties but has many species within it. To properly identify which type of yellow mold you have, you should consult with a professional.
Is there more than one type of yellow mold?
Yes there is! There are many strains of mold and it is hard to tell them apart. Some common strains of yellow mold are: Mucor, Epicoccum Nigrum, and Geomyces Pannorum. Each of these has different health risks, with Mucor being the most severe. It starts out as yellow but turns grey quickly as it is one of the fastest growing types of mold. If exposure lasts for a long period of time, you are at risk for developing a life-threatening infection.
What other health risks does yellow mold pose?
All mold poses health risks and therefore should be promptly removed when found in your home. Yellow mold is no different in that aspect. General health risks of yellow mold are similar to any strain of mold and include: respiratory problems, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or allergic reactions. These are worsened for people with already present conditions. Those with asthma, COPD, or with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of health risk from yellow mold and mold in general.
How to remove yellow mold?
Yellow mold should be removed immediately if found in your home or garden. Unfortunately, its ability to live in many environments makes it difficult to track down. Yellow mold can live behind wallpaper, walls, inside ducts and even inside walls themselves. This makes it difficult to remove as it is important to get all of the spores. If some are left behind you will find yourself having to remove it again in a month or so. Hiring a professional to help make sure you get all of the mold is a smart option. If you want to try it on your own, spraying the mold with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. After spraying, thoroughly scrub the moldy area to remove it. If the area is larger than 10 square meters, you should consult with a professional and consider getting the mold taken care of professionally.