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,
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
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