Types of Mold and
Where They Are Commonly Found

In nature, mold is quite the helper. However, in our homes, it is quite an unwanted visitor. This week, we want to touch base on the different types of mold and know the areas they are commonly found. Being knowledgeable of this information will help you keep an eye out for areas of concern and aid in your efforts to prevent mold growth.

Familiar with the term Mildew? It is often used to reference some types of mold found in the home. For most, it’s common knowledge. Who hasn’t discovered that long-forgotten food item in the refrigerator covered in the white or pale green warm and fuzzies? However, there are other types of mold to know. Other types include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Cladosporium has bout 40 species that are naturally found in soil, on decaying plant material, and as plant pathogens.

Several studies in both Europe and North America have demonstrated that Cladosporium spores can be found outdoors throughout the year, even in winter – although in smaller amounts. Cladosporium is commonly found on wet building material and mechanical cooling units.

Some mold can be life-saving such as Penicillium in medically regulated amounts. Penicillin was the very first antibiotic and was discovered by Dr. Alexander Fleming in 1928. This group of antibacterial drugs attack a large range of bacteria and have saved millions of lives. However, that moldy bread in your pantry is not a reliable source of Penicillin. We all want to save on health care, but the bread belongs in the trash, not your body. Leave it to the professionals.

It is true that some molds can be life-saving, but others not so much. Molds do produce allergens that lead to health complications. Some risks are as minor as seasonal allergy issues, while others can be much much worse. For example, Stachybotrys Chartarum or Stachybotrys Atra is commonly referred to as Black Mold and can wreak havoc on your home and your health. Our next blog will focus on Black Mold…What it is and why it is different. In the meantime, here are some common areas mold likes to grow to better assist you in your efforts to prevent growth:

  • Showers
  • Tubs
  • Around Sinks
  • Around Toilets
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Damp Cellars
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Crawl Spaces
  • House Foundations
  • Closed off Rooms
  • Carpet
  • Wood
  • Gypsum Board
  • Paper
  • Dust
  • Closets
  • Lint
  • Potted Plants
  • Food
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