One of the more common things homeowners in Utah must face is mold, and there are many contributing factors in a home that can cause mold growth. Not all mold is the same, either. There are many different types which can cause different health problems for humans. To help you identify the different types, we’ve compiled a list of the most common household molds and where you can find them.
Most Common Types of Household Mold
Alternaria: This is often found outside but it also grows in the damp places in your home, such as showers, sinks and around leaky pipes. It can spread easily from one area to another.
Aspergillus: Mostly found indoors, it can cause allergic reactions and respiratory infections. This can be found in decomposing matter.
Aureobasidium: This is another one commonly found outdoors, but in your home, you’ll find it growing on wooden surfaces, painted surfaces and wallpaper. It can also be found on damp window frames and caulking.
Botrytis: Thrives in high levels of humidity with poor ventilation and can cause allergic reactions and asthma.
Chaetomium: Often found on drywall, carpets and window frames that have experienced water damage, and it has a musty odor.
Cladosporium: Commonly found growing inside homes and can thrive in warm and cool temperatures. It grows on carpets and wooden surfaces, and it can cause respiratory problems.
Fusarium: Like Cladosporium, it can grow and spread in colder temperatures and is often found on water-damaged carpets. It causes allergic reactions, asthma and respiratory problems.
Penicillium: Also found on water-damaged materials, it’s one of the mold types that can spread rapidly. It can cause allergic reactions, chronic sinus infections and inflammation of the lungs. Additionally, it can appear blue or green.
Stachybotrys Chartarum: Also known as “black mold,” it produces a musty odor and is found in damp places like air conditioning ducts or around leaky pipes.
Serpula Lacrymans: A yellow mold that causes dry rot and feeds on wood.
Trichoderma: Found on damp carpet, wallpaper or other wet surfaces. Many people are allergic to it.
Ulocladium: It requires a lot of water to thrive, so it’s often found in homes that have been flooded or on wet walls. Many people are allergic to this type of mold.
What to Do in the Case of Mold
Mold can be a serious issue in your home. If you notice any type of mold growth, you should put on some gloves and a respiratory mask to avoid any contact, cover the spot as best as you can and avoid the area. After taking this precaution, you should contact a mold professional.