The 12 Most Common Types of Mold Found In Homes

There are various types of Mold that can be an issue both indoors and outdoors. Mold is categorized into 3 different categories; allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic

12 most common types of mold found in your home (in no specific order), their classification(s), what effects it can have on your health, and where it is commonly found:  

  1. Aspergillus – Allergenic and/or Toxigenic – Causes allergic reactions and respiratory infections – Commonly found on damp walls and surfaces in the home
  2. Chaetomium – Allergenic and/or Pathogenic – Exposure can lead to skin and nail infections – Commonly found in water-damaged buildings 
  3. Stachybotrys (Black Mold) – Toxigenic – Commonly found in wet or damp places including but not limited to: bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms
  4. Aureobasidium – Allergenic – Can lead to infections in the nails, skin, or eyes-  Commonly found in the grout in kitchens and bathrooms
  5. Penicillium – Allergenic – Causes symptoms of asthma and respiratory issues –  Can grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture
  6. Fusarium – Allergenic – Can cause allergic reactions such as a sore throat or nerve damage – Found in large fields that are used for crops and also affected the soil in gardens
  7. Trichoderma – Allergenic – This is found under wet areas with condensation build-up –  Commonly found on wooden floors and furniture, carpets, and wallpaper
  8. Ulocladium – Allergenic – Difficulty breathing and asthma-like symptoms are caused by exposure to this type of mold –  Commonly grows in damp places and is also found in the air
  9. Alternaria – Allergenic – Exposure can cause respiratory issues like watery eyes, coughing, etc. – Commonly identified on window frames, air conditioning systems, carpet, and wallpaper
  10.  Acremonium – Pathogenic and/or Toxigenic – Can lead to diseases in the bone marrow, other organs, and the immune system – Commonly found where there has been flooding and in damp locations
  11.  Mucor – Allergenic – Exposure to this mold can lead to severe health issues such as a fungal infection – Typically found near air conditioning units or in damp carpets
  12.  Cladosporium – Allergenic – Causes allergic reactions and respiratory issues – Commonly found in carpet and other fabrics in the home

How to prevent mold in your home: 

*Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products

* Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so that mold does not have the moisture to grow

*Identify any problem areas throughout your home and correct them

*Monitor humidity levels indoors

*Make sure your gutters are properly working

*Prevent moisture with proper ventilation

If you are suspicious you may have a mold problem, contact us today!



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