The Most Common Types of Mold Found in Homes

by Editor on August 10, 2013


There are seemingly endless varieties of mold known to scientists. In nature, mold provides an important role to our ecosystem. It is responsible for breaking down organisms which then helps to continue the cycle of life. In our homes, however, we don’t want mold because it will deteriorate our homes! In addition, certain types of mold can be harmful to our health and respiration. Here are the most common types of mold found in homes.

The first type of mold is Cladosporium. This mold is typically found outside and grows best in a moist and dark environment. In dark wet places like toilets and bathrooms, you may find Cladosporium. This mold often appears in black and can even look like pepper. It is not known to be toxic, but it can cause allergies and asthma to act up. In addition it can harm your immune system. This mold is airborne and can infiltrate the air we breathe. If you see Cladosporium, you can clean it by scrubbing the affected area with bleach and then wiping it dry.

A second type of mold common in homes is called Penincillium. This mold is easy to identify as it has a very distinct color, look and texture. Penincillium is often fuzzy and can be blue, white, or green in color. This often develops on food that is left in the refrigerator for too long. Eating food with mold on it can negatively impact your digestive system. If Penincillium is airborne it can cause allergies to act up like congestion, eyes watering, and a cough. To reduce Penincillium in your home it is important to be regular about throwing away old or expired food by keeping an eye on fruit and cleaning the refrigerator thoroughly and on a consistent basis.

Aspergillus is another mold type in homes and is often the most common. It is also very dangerous. This mold can grow very quickly and is usually found spreading after a large leak in a basement or a plumbing leak. When Aspergillus breaks down organic materials and grows, it actually gives off a harmful carcinogen called Aflatoxin. Aflatoxin can actually be deadly to humans if exposed for extended periods of time. To clean this mold up properly always be sure to keep yourself covered or hire a professional to take care of the problem effectively and safely.

Lastly, Alternaria is an airborne mold that can come into your home from the outdoors. When Alternaria travels by air, it then settles in your home on surfaces like your carpets or rugs, your couches, bedding and even clothing. Unlike many other mold types, Alternaria does not need moisture to develop and so it can be found in very different locations. Alternaria has long hair and looks like velvet. It comes in many different colors such as green or brown. Alternaria is especially known to irritate respiratory problems such as asthma.

All of these mold types look very different and thrive in different locations, however they can all cause damage to your home and your health if left unattended. To learn more about how to best clean mold in your home visit www.rapidmoldremoval.cafor information, products and other services available to you.


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