Three Common Types of Mold

Mold is a common problem found in many households that can range in a number of health issues. Coming into contact with mold damage within your house can cause illnesses ranging from rashes to permanent damage to the lungs. Different types of mold are more dangerous than others, however there are thousands of different species of mold. Within the home there are certain types of mold that are more common than others, which include Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria.

Penicillium- is found on decaying organic matter, commonly found outdoors as well as growing on food. This mold can be identified, by its fuzzy appearance. This fuzzy looking mold can be a range of colors including white, green and blue. Eating Penicillium can cause stomach discomfort and you should also avoid breathing in contaminated Penicillium air. Breathing in the mold spores can cause allergic reactions ranging from irritated eyes, asthma inflammation and congestion.

Aspergillus- is one of the most dangerous types of mold. This mold produces aflatoxin, which is a deadly carcinogen. Anyone can be at risk if exposed to Aspergillus however infant’s, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are particularly susceptible to this type of mold. This mold is found in wet areas with high humidity. Often times Aspergillus can be found growing in areas after sever water damage such as floods.

Alternaria- is a mold commonly found in the home because it becomes airborne very easily. This mold can be easily swept up into your home from light winds, settling the mold into your furniture, carpets and other flat surfaces. This mold can be identified by it’s dark brown and green color, as well as it’s hair or thread like structure. Unlike other molds, Alternaria can be found growing with small amounts of water, as where other molds typically require large amounts of water. Breathing in Alternaria contaminated air is hazardous to your health and can cause the development of asthma.

There are many types of mold that can be found growing within your home, as mold damage is very common. If you should come across mold infestation it is important to avoid the area and call a mold removal company to get rid of the substance. Mold remediation companies are trained professionals that will identify the type of mold and determine the level of severity as well as the best method for cleanup.

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