Among the different colors, orange mold is one of the most, if not the most disgusting to look at. Brown and black may blend well with materials inside the home, but orange will stand out. This is especially true if it’s bright orange. We’re not talking about standing out in a good way. It doesn’t help that it looks slimy. The orange slime mold sometimes looks like a sponge, so that adds to the disgust factor. Aside from the color, it’s basically the same as the other types as far as its needs for growth are concerned. It generally needs 3 things – a food source (like the nutrients found on wooden surface areas abundant in your home), the right temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit that’s common in homes) and moisture.
On this page:
- Dangers of Mold
- Factors that will Determine your Health Risk
- Where Do Molds Grow?
- What is Orange Mold?
- Why Hire a Professional for Removal and Remediation Services
- Get Quotes from Competing Contractors
- The Easy Way to Get Quotes for Orange Mold Remediation
Dangers of MoldThe most obvious and the most alarming danger is the danger that it poses to human health. Mold in general can be allergenic, pathogenic or toxic. As an allergenic, it poses a risk to people suffering from asthma and other respiratory illnesses. It also poses a risk to kids and the elderly especially if they have a compromised immune system. Here are the known dangers to watch out for:
- Wheezing and difficulty breathing
- Respiratory illnesses
- Sneezing and coughing
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Pulmonary hemorrhage
- Toxic mold syndrome
- It will eat away at your house.
- It will affect the quality of life inside your home.
Factors that will Determine your Health RiskSome people will be minimally affected, if at all. There are factors at play that will determine how risky exposure is to you. Here are these factors:
- The mold type
- Your present health
- How long you’ve been exposed
- Size of infestation
Where Do Molds Grow?It’s everywhere outdoors. It will grow wherever the 3 aforementioned needed things are present. That also applies to inside the home. Since moisture is usually the last needed part of the trifecta, it’s the moisture-rich areas in your home that are prime locations for mold’s growth. Here are the most common ones:
- Shower area
- On walls
What is Orange Mold?Simply put, it’s a variety of mold that’s orange in color. It’s not just a single species. It’s a cluster of different single-celled fungi or organisms. In addition to the color, the consistency is different as well. As mentioned, it’s slimy in appearance. Some types also look like a sponge. Read on to know the different types.
AcremoniumIt grows slow and may require 5 days for maturity. It’s moist and slimy to look at. As it ages, it becomes leathery and/or powdery. It can be orange in color although it can be in other colors including white or grey. It can also be rose or pink. Fortunately, humans are rarely affected by acremonium. However, you can be at risk if your immune system has been compromised. It’s been reported that it causes fungal maxillary sinusitis. It can also infect the nails and the eyes if your immune system is weak.
Fuligo SepticaIt’s more popularly known as dog vomit slime mold. That alone should give you a good idea as to how it looks like. Have you ever looked at dog vomit and found yourself appreciating how it looks like? No, because it looks nasty. It can either be orange or yellow in color. It’s often found outdoors in the ground which is why people usually think of it as dog vomit at first. It’s been known to cause an asthma attack if you’re asthmatic in the first place. It can also cause allergies if you’re already allergic to its spores. But generally speaking, it doesn’t affect healthy individuals much.
Aleuria AurantiaAlso known as the orange peel fungus, it literally looks like an orange peel. It can form into a cup. It’s actually a fungus and not a mold. We’re including this here to clear the confusion.
Orange Slime MoldIt’s formally known as trichia varia. It’s a slime mold that falls under the trichiida order that can be pale yellow to orange in color.
How to Control and Prevent Orange MoldWhile generally not dangerous to the health, you already know that it poses other dangers. This is why you still have to control it. Here are some tips:
- Flush properly.
- Keep your bathroom and shower areas dry.
- Soften the water.
- Clean the fridge regularly.
- Fix damages to your home.
CleanersSome people will recommend a home solution like vinegar. It seems that vinegar is the go to natural solution by most homeowners. It may work on smaller infestations. You can mix equal parts of water and vinegar. Bigger infestations may require the addition of borax to the solution. You can also try mixing bleach with vinegar. Some people will mix oxygen bleach with hydrogen peroxide. Some people have tried using grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil. Of course, there’s the trusted baking soda. There are also over the counter the counter products like Mr. Muscle Mold and Mildew Cleaner. You can try them for smaller infestations although they generally wouldn’t work with bigger infestations. Here’s the thing. This is generally not recommended. Why? It’s because of the dangers of mold that you already know about. Cleaning it yourself is exposing you to these dangers. You’re already suffering from non-health related dangers of mold. Are you really going to expose yourself to the health-related dangers? Sure, most healthy individuals won’t be affected especially by the orange variety. But really, are you willing to risk it? Are you willing to risk it considering that you can simply hire a professional for orange mold remediation services?
Why Hire a Professional for Removal and Remediation ServicesWe generally recommend that you get it checked out by professionals. Why? Here are some of the benefits:
- You’ll stop the infestation in its tracks.
- You won’t expose yourself to the dangers.
- Removal and remediation will be done right.
- Prevention will also be taken into consideration.