The brown mold is one among different types of mold. This mold refers to certain mold species that usually grow on wood surfaces. However, it can also grow on walls and tiles. Just like other mold, this one is also an obvious sign of water damage or leak problem. As an occupant, it is important to know the characteristic of mold, prevention and also the cleaning method.
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What is Brown Mold?
You can notice a brown mold by its appearance. It usually has dark patches and looks fuzzy if it spreads uncontrollably. It may also appear with small fungi growths appearing in clusters. There are several types species with brown look including Aureobasidium pullulans, Pithomyces chartarum, Taeoniella, and Stemonitis.
But this mold doesn’t always look brown. Instead, it may appear dark yellow, tan, or even black depending on the location. This mold smell is very typical as it smells musty. And under the light, you can see that it releases spores.
The brown mold health effects do exist but they are not serious unlike the black mold toxic health effects. It’s most obvious effects are the effects to the house itself as this mold damages the structure and reduces the property’s value. But, none of the effects are toxic to human health.
However, this mold is still not considered healthy especially for occupants with babies, children, and elderly people. It is not also healthy for families with respiratory problems and allergic reactions.
How to Remove Brown Mold
When you notice the brown mold spots anywhere inside the house, you should do the cleaning immediately before it spreads to other places. There are some removal strategies you can apply for effective cleaning:
- Make the cleaning mixture by combing warm water, 1 tbsp of bleach, and detergent. Mix them sell and transfer them into a spray bottle. Instead of detergent, you can also use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar.
- Use disposable mask and gloves while cleaning mold and a goggle if necessary. If you have an allergy or asthma, don’t do the cleaning yourself and just hire a professional
- Before the removal starts, make sure to remove any materials and interiors that can absorb water like upholstery and carpet. Protect those well using plastic bags.
- Repeat the cleaning procedure in case the mold isn’t removed completely. But repeat it after a few days.
- In case you notice large-scale mold infestation, it is a better decision to call a professional mold remediation service.
Common Places of Brown Mold Occurrence
Inside the house, there are some typical places of where the brown mold mostly occurs. Bathroom and shower are among the common locations. Usually, the plywood surface inside the bathroom is the surface that this mold loves the most. As always, the cause is similar including leakage and moisture problems.
Underneath wood floor, this mold is also common to find.
Meanwhile, walls are other common locations especially in a dark or damp room with plumbing problem. Usually, this mold appears as dark spots or fuzzy layer on the wall. But the severe infestation of brown mold may cause mushrooms growing.