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Help identify this fungus growing in & near our bathroom?
August 30, 2010 5:22 PM   Subscribe

Bathroom Fungus/Mold Identification: Can you tell me what these little yellow tubes are?

Ever since we moved in a week ago, there has been a wet spot in the carpet outside the bathroom (My theory is that somewhere in the bathroom there is a leak which is travelling under the tiles and keeping the carpet damp). Today we noticed these yellowish tubey things (they look kind of like uncooked elbow macaroni) growing out of the carpet and in the adjacent corner of the bathroom. Any ideas what they might be? My google-fu is failing me.

Picture #1
Picture #2 - close up
posted by Zephyrial to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
 
Cup Fungi!
posted by kthxbi at 5:25 PM on August 30, 2010


Here's a little more:

"The Domicile Cup Fungus: An Unusual Fungus That Grows In Your House"

"Associated with water damaged buildings"

A flickr link to someone else's cup fungi.
posted by kthxbi at 5:32 PM on August 30, 2010


And, bathroom fungi is a bigtime MeFi genre. Bottom line: you need to stop that water, or you'll have both health and structural issues.
posted by beagle at 5:52 PM on August 30, 2010


(Not answering your question, but: I'm not sure the water going under the tiles--the bottom part of your door way is totally rusting so it's getting water damage from somewhere. The water could be coming from the roof/ceiling. Water that goes through the tiles would likely soak into the floorboards and would have a hard time getting past that marble door sill. I think. Hope this helps.)
posted by bluedaisy at 8:43 PM on August 30, 2010


Thanks for all your help, everyone -- though it's not yet resolved, I've sent these photos to our living-in-on-campus-university-housing landlord-equivalent, who has so far responded with appropriate promptness and "We need to deal with this ASAP." So hopefully the cause will be determined and the issue dealt with by people smarter than I. Thank you all!
posted by Zephyrial at 9:45 PM on August 31, 2010


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