The term Green Mold does not refer to a specific type of mold. Green mold refers to a number of species of fungi with spores that take on a greenish color. Some of the common types of mold that may appear green are Cladosporium, Aspergillus and Penicillium. However, not all members Cladosporium, Aspergillus and Penicillium appear green. Some members of Penicillium and Aspergillus may appear blue and hence could be refered to as “blue mold”. Similarly some members of Cladosporium may appear black and hence the term “black mold”. Black mold is erroneously used to refer to the mold, Stachybotrys chartarum. Stachybotrys chartarum is very common in water damaged buildings. It has been associated with various health problems though some of them are highly debatable.
Is Green Mold A Health Hazard?
Are there health effects associated with green mold? As mentioned earlier the term green mold does not refer to a specific type of mold. Therefore the only way to tell if a green mold is a health hazard or not is to have it tested. Generally all molds are potentially a health hazard.
Some misleading information on the internet state that Green mold in the home can cause health problems such as skin rashes, sinus infections, hives, respiratory infections and many others. This information is meant to cause fear and panic. If you suspect that you have mold in your house arrange to have it tested and removed.
How to remove Green Mold from Your Home
Mold removal does not depend on the color or type of mold present. Generally if dealing with more than 10 square feet of visible mold growth, it’s advisable to consult a qualified mold removal company. Less than 10 square feet of mold growth can easily be cleaned with ordinary household detergents followed by drying. Care should be taken not to disturb the spores during cleaning because spores may spread everywhere else in the house.