Common mold spores found in our area:
Aspergillus – is a type of mold frequently found indoors. It can cause allergic reactions, respiratory infections, and a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which causes inflammation of the lungs.
Cladosporium– is a type of mold often found growing inside homes. While most types of mold prefer warm climates, Cladosporium can grow in cool areas too. It often grows on fabrics, like carpets and on wood surfaces, like cabinets and floorboards. It can cause a variety of respiratory problems.
Penicillium – is often found growing on materials that have been damaged by water, including carpeting, wallpaper, insulation, and furnishings like mattresses. It’s one of the mols types that spread quickly and easily from one part of the home to another. Exposure to penicillium can cause allergic reactions, chronic sinus infections, and inflammation of the lungs. Usually appears as a blue mold and / or a green mold.
Stachybotrys Chartarum – Is often referred to as “Black Mold” due to its slimy black appearance. It is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold”, although the mold itself is not toxic; it produces toxic compounds called mycotoxins, which cause health problems when people come in contact with them. It can cause allergic reactions, breathing problems, chronic sinus infections, asthma attacks, fatigue, and depression. Stachybotrys Chartarum has a characteristic musty odor and usually grows in places that stay damp all the time, like in air conditioning ducts where there is a lot of condensation or around leaky pipes.