Often people seek to define mold by its color. Unfortunately, color alone isn't a reliable determinant of what you're dealing with. There are harmful and non-harmful varieties in each color group. For example, red molds can be potentially harmful or completely benign.
There is a common form that affects food grain crops and causes a fungal disease. There is also a potentially harmful household mold that can appear red or pink in color.
The most common of these, Fusarium, is the same pink/red variety that can kill lawns. It also grows well in wet, poorly ventilated indoor areas such as shower stalls.
Mold testing can accurately determine the species growing in your building and help you determine the right course of action.
Household mold — often called mildew — can cause a lot of problems because it grows quickly, spreads fast, destroys whatever it grows on and can cause allergy and asthma reactions as well as more serious health challenges. It also creates an unpleasant musty odor.
It is important not to ignore the presence of mold or mildew. Some types have toxins — called mycotoxins — that can be dangerous to breathe in or come into contact with. Even if you're not dealing with a toxic variety of red mold, household and property damage may result.
Aspergillus versicolor is red mold commonly found on carpet or drywall that has gotten wet or damp from leaks or flooding and is usually readily visible due to its orangey red color.
Rhodotorula is a reddish orange yeast (also another form of fungi) that will sometimes be present on water-damaged flooring, walls and ceilings.
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