I have discovered some ugly looking mold in a crawlspace under a
portion of a house. The crawlspace has a dirt floor, masonry walls,
and a wood frame roof, which supports a stone floored sun room. The
structure was built in 1922.
I've taken some photos of the mold an put them in my dropbox folder.
Here's a link:
The first image has the best clarity, as it was hard to get a steady
shot inside this space.
Can anyone identify the mold in these pictures? I want to know if it's
potentially poisonous or otherwise a danger to habitation.
Pretty good case.
I went here:
Closest match: Asterostroma spp
It's a danger to the structure.
I don't see anything online about it being a danger to humans.
You have to get rid of the leak causing the moisture.
Mould cannot be identified from photos. Put on a mask and
collect (with a clean knife) samples into two (new) plastic bags.
Deliver one to the local public health authority (in case
there is some legal obligation on you or your landlord) and
the other to any college department of microbiology willing
to identify the mould.
comments on "mold"
rom cdc website http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC
does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter
what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect
of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or
type of mold, you can not rely on sampling and culturing to know your
health risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and
standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity
of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and
work to prevent future growth.
The stuff in the photos reminds me of "white rot" wood decay fungi
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