Aspergillus Penicillium Remediation/Removal Guide
Mold attacks our homes in various ways and forms, and aspergillus penicillium is just one variety of these toxic molds that can be found on your property. However, this type of mold is usually not easy to locate as it often makes its home on walls and unexposed wood. It often hides between wallpaper or walls, leaving it left undiscovered for far too long.
Unfortunately, letting aspergillus penicillium grow in your home can not only be harmful for your health, but also for your property. This is why you must take serious steps to prevent its growth and, if it has already grown, to identify and remove it as soon as possible.
Causes of Aspergillus Penicillium on Walls and on Wood
The places in your home that aspergillus penicillium is most likely to grow are the ones commonly exposed to moisture, such as your kitchen, bathroom, and basement. Just like other molds, aspergillus penicillium grows and thrives in damp, dark areas. If these conditions are met, the mold grows at a rapid rate. For instance, if there is no ventilation in your bathroom, the moisture from your showers will cling to the walls again and again, providing an ideal home for mold to live and grow.
Once the mold has settled in, it spreads and grows very quickly through the spores it circulates through the air; these spores can settle onto different parts of the house, as well as our water, our pets, and even us. And you’d never know it because they are too small for the naked eye to see!
It just takes 24-48 hours for the mold to grow once it has attached to wood. One of its biggest food sources is the glue used to hold wallpaper to the wall, making wallpapered walls an ideal location to land.
Is Aspergillus Mold Dangerous?
Each individual can react to mold in different ways, but it’s certainly toxic for each one of us. A few of the most common symptoms are the following:
- Running nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Other respiratory conditions
- The worsening of other chronic problems or allergies
There is even an unofficial disease called Aspergelois that is caused by this type of mold. You can watch the video below for more information on this.
If you have small children in your home, you especially want to take the existence of mold in your house seriously because their immune and respiratory systems are not yet fully developed. Pets are also quite susceptible to mold and could become lethally ill if it is ingested.
What Does Aspergillus Mold Look Like?
While the best thing you can do if you think that mold may be growing in your house is to call a professional mold remediation specialist, you can take some action on your own to identify the mold as well.
First of all, you’ll want to test the smell. If you’re constantly getting a whiff of something musty and earthy, similar to rotting leaves, you’re typically smelling mold. Once you find it in one place, it’s very likely that it has spread to other parts of your home too.
Second, check for wet, discoloured, and/or warped spots on your wall, especially where it’s dark and wet or there is wallpaper. On wallpapered walls, check for discolored areas as well as paper that is starting to peel away from the wall.
You’ll also find mold test kits for purchase from most retailers; buying one of these will help you solidify whether or not mold has inhabited your property.
How to Prevent the Mold From Expanding
Once you’ve confirmed that mold is on the wood or walls of your home, you must keep it from spreading. This starts with figuring out why it grew there in the first place. If you have aspergillus penicillium on the walls of your bathroom, for example, it’s not properly ventilated, so you’ll want to dry the room out, turn on bent fans to the outside, open the windows, and use a HEPA filter. In every area of your home, ensure that it is dry and properly ventilated.
Why Hire a Professional Mold Removal Expert?
You could find numerous products sold in stores that promise to remove all the mold on your walls or wood, but none of them can truly guarantee a full eradication of the mold, especially of the spores floating through the air. Whether you’re still confirming that mold is in our house or if you’ve discovered it and are looking for a solution, the best thing you can do for you and your home is to call a professional mold removal expert. Most often, you’ll find that professionals offer free quotes.
When a reliable professional is doing the job, you can have the peace of mind knowing that every last bit of mold will be removed in the safest, most effective manner. Professionals know how to take the proper precautions to ensure your home and family are safe, that the mold doesn’t spread through spores, and that effected rooms are sealed and cleaned with HEPA filters. They possess all of the proper equipment and experience to take on any case of mold infiltration.
Penicillium Aspergillus Mold Removal Cost
The cost of aspergillus penicillium removal can vary greatly depending on how long it has been growing, where it’s growing, and how much damage it has caused. If you’ve caught it early, you’ll most likely have to spend only a few hundred dollars to remediate. However, if it has been living and breeding for a long time, much damage has likely been done, and you’ll be left with a hefty bill of potentially thousands and lots of damage to repair.
The best thing you can do now is to take every action possible to prevent mold from growing and spreading in your house. Take the precautions mentioned earlier to make sure your house is dry and ventilated. Do everything you can to guarantee your property is not the perfect nesting ground for mold, and monitor the humidity of your home regularly, especially areas like your bathroom, kitchen, and basement. These areas, especially, should be equipped with vent fans and windows. Any time you take a bath or shower, use the vent fan or have a window open.
You can also purchase products – sprays or coatings that can be directly applied to walls or sheetrock – that help to keep mold from growing. You’ll also find specific types of paint, sheetrock, and wallpaper that are made to be mold-resistant.
However, if mold has already plagued your home, the health of your house and family are at stake, so call the number on our website today for a free mold removal quote!