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Common Types of Mold Found in Homes

Last updated 4 years ago

Household conditions tend to be ideal for mold growth, especially when living conditions provide organic food and accessible moisture. For this reason, there are a variety of different types of mold commonly found in homes. Unfortunately, many of these types of mold can be harmful to your health, so it is important to know where to find the different types and what they can do to you.

Mucor and Alternaria
Mucor and Alternaria are two types of mold that tends to grow on soil. This is why Alternaria frequently grows on dead plants, and Mucor is known to grow on animal droppings. Consuming these types of mold can have negative health implications. Alternaria is an allergenic mold, so it may cause allergies or asthmatic reactions. Mucor can cause lung infections, which makes it particularly dangerous because it often lives on dust.

Aspergillus Penicillium and Cladosporium
Both Aspergillus Penicillium and Cladosporium can be found on food or in air ducts. They can also both cause relatively severe health conditions, such as asthma, skin rashes, and pulmonary complications. The most dangerous part about these two molds is that it is difficult to avoid inhaling them once they are in your house, because they are spread around by your HVAC system.

Memnoniella and Stachybotrys
Among the most toxic and hazardous of the common household molds are Memnoniella and Stachybotrys. These molds tend to grow on wood and paper products, and Stachybotrys also grows under ceilings. These toxic molds should not be inhaled or consumed; if they are, they can cause health concerns such as headaches and asthma, as well as more severe diseases like cancer.

If you are still curious about the different types of mold that are commonly found in homes, call Browder Painting at (805) 544-0547. In addition to our mold remediation services, we proudly supply San Luis Obispo with high quality commercial painting and residential painting, both interior and exterior. Call, visit our website, or stop by and see us today to find out more information.


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