Upon moving a dresser, a homeowner called after they discovered what they thought might be a mold issues.
One of our licensed mold assessors took a swab sample and sent it off to the Independent laboratory for analysis.
The laboratory confirmed the presence of Chaetomium
This mold genus is often found in water damaged homes and buildings. There are around 80 species associated with this genus of mold.
There is a strong musty odor associated with this type of mold.
This species colonization has a cotton-like appearance and usually changes colors as the colony matures. A recent developing Chaetomium colony can have white appearance that will turn grey to olive brown as it matures, and finally it will take on a black appearance over time, if you can view the bottom of the mature mold growth it has a reddish tan or blackish brown appearance.
WHERE IS CHAETOMIUM FOUND:
Soil, Seeds, Cellulose Substrates, Dung, Woody & Straw Materials.
Widespread, very common on damp sheetrock. Paper, Wallpaper.
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF CHAETOMIUM:
Type I Allergies including hay fever and asthma symptoms.
POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUES:
Nail Infections, Skin Infections.
There is medical evidence being released that suggest that people who are exposed to Chaetomium over a period of time may be predisposed to permanent neurological damage of the myelin sheath.
POTENTIAL TOXIN PRODUCTION:
Partial List: Chaetomin, Chaetoglobosins
References: CDC,DaaneLabs, EMLAB,
Mold Assessment: MRSA2427 | MRSA2945
Mold Remediation: MRSR2567
IICRC Water Restoration: 240387 | 240386
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