While molds have been known to cause severe health problems, the facts are that mold is very common in the home, especially in humid environments. There are a wide number of molds found in the home, and while some are dangerous, others are safe. Below is a listing of the common mold types you would expect to find in the home:
This is one of the most common mold types found in homes. Some humans are allergic to this mold and it can cause a wide variety of symptoms when it is present. It lives on food and decaying food as well as in the soil. It is also found in air conditioning and heating ducts. Spores are spread throughout your home whenever the air conditioning or heat is running.
The Stachybotrys mold is the one most commonly referred to as toxic black mold and it is known to have a wide variety of harmful effects. It can be recognized by its slimy black appearance. The most common symptoms of toxic black mold exposure include sinus and respiratory problems, neurological problems, headaches and eye irritation. It has also been known to cause lung hemorrhaging in infants as well as liver and lung cancer. It is most commonly found under ceilings and behind walls, making it difficult to known if toxic black mold is present in your home.
This type of mold typically grows on wood, paper or cotton and can often be found alongside the Stachybotrys mold. It is capable of producing toxins and can be harmful to both humans and animals living in homes where it is present.
This is another common home mold. It is recognizable by its dark green or black color and powdery appearance. It is most commonly found in fiberglass ductwork, on food or dead plants, and growing on paint. The most common allergic reactions to this mold type are skin rashes and asthma like symptoms.
Alternaria is an allergenic mold similar to Penicillium. It is typically found on plants and in the soil. Allergic reactions to Alternaria exposure range from hay fever like symptoms to asthma like symptoms.
Mucor is typically found in soil and in animal feces. This makes it especially prevalent in homes with pets. It has also been known to grow rapidly in household dust. It produces toxins that can be especially dangerous to those with weak immune systems and causes lung infections easily in this type of person.
These are 6 of the most common mold types found in homes. Of the 6, the Stachybotrys, or toxic black mold, is the most dangerous and any homeowner who suspects a toxic black mold growth should take steps to contact a professional black mold removal company immediately for their own safety and protection as well as that of their family.