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What is Orange Mold?

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There are many different types of mold and things relating to mold in our world. Mold spores on their own are microscopic and are abundant in nearly every room, with the average mold spore count being 500-700 spores in a room. 

While mold spores are fairly common in a room, living with an abundance of mold spores or colonies can have adverse side effects on one’s health. While mold is fairly common, there are certain species less commonly known about, such as orange colonies of mold. 

United Water Restoration Group would like to go over the potential illnesses related to mold and the specifics regarding orange mold. 

Illnesses Related to Mold

Finding mold in your home or business may not necessarily make you or those on property sick. Touching or inhaling mold can cause many different types of allergy-like symptoms, such as the following:

  • Eye irritation 
  • Sneezing 
  • Sore throat 
  • Headache
  • Skin rash 
  • Lung irritation
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Wheezing 

Conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and a compromised immune system may add a higher risk of complications such as infection or severe allergic reactions. The larger amount of mold, the more severe of a reaction one may experience. 

These reactions may show up soon after exposure or can take time after prolonged exposure. If you begin experiencing any symptoms above, you should visit a doctor for treatment and a proper diagnosis. 

What is Orange Mold?

Orange mold is a type of colorful mold colony that can grow in numerous places. The appearance of  mold can vary depending on where you find it as well. Much like black mold, where it describes many different species of mold, orange mold is not an actual singular species of mold. The term is used to identify various strains of mold that are usually orange in color.

While the name is orange mold, there are actually a few species that aren’t always orange. For instance, Fuligo Septica is classified as an orange mold, yet it is typically yellow. The same can be said of Acremonium, another mold that can turn into a pink or grayish color.

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Areas Where Orange Mold Grows

Orange mold can grow in a variety of places. However, the most common area to spot this type of mold would be in your kitchen, specifically in your refrigerator. Orange mold is most commonly found on food items, such as dairy products and bread. It can grow outside of your fridge and spread to food on shelves or in containers. 

If your refrigerator has the ability to serve water, the water supply can also become contaminated with mold. Always be sure to routinely check your fridge’s water filter to ensure your water supply is not contaminated. 

When you recognize this type of mold on food, it is best to throw it out immediately as it can gradually spread throughout the fridge or your home. Orange mold’s primary food source is typically wood. Another common area to spot this type of mold would be in your attic. Due to the warmer temperature and ample supply of wood, an attic is a perfect spot for orange mold to grow and thrive. 

Removing Orange Mold

Depending on where you have found the mold, there are multiple ways you can eliminate it. If the outbreak is smaller, you can use a concoction of bleach, peroxide, or vinegar solutions.

If the orange mold is spotted on wood, do not use bleach to kill it. Bleach is not meant to be used on wood and most of the water will be absorbed into the wood. This gives the mold colony more opportunity to feed and spread throughout a room. 

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If you have a larger outbreak of orange mold, it is recommended that you seek professional help as opposed to undertaking the project yourself. While cleaning up smaller mold outbreaks can be easy, the larger the outbreak, the more complex the job. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that if you notice more than 10 feet of mold you should contact a professional. 

When To Get Help

A cluster of orange mold colonies can be troubling. As we listed above, there are certain ailments and illnesses that can arise from breathing in mold, especially in high amounts and for prolonged periods of time. This type of mold can grow in many various places, it loves to feed off of wood and can embed itself virtually anywhere. 

If you notice a mold colony that spans more than several feet, it is highly recommended that you seek the assistance of professionals. However, if it is smaller, you may be able to take care of the problem yourself.

United Water Restoration Group can assist you in removing orange mold as well as preventing future outbreaks from occurring. 

If you’ve spotted a large outbreak of orange mold, don’t hesitate to contact our emergency service line at (800) 430-5838. Our service line is open every day of the week and can place you in direct contact with one of our professional technicians. We offer flexible scheduling to help work around your schedule and needs.

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