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Common Types of Mould

Depending on the level of growth, mould can be extremely damaging not only to the building or area where it has developed but also to our health. As common moulds tend to favour damp conditions, sheds, compost heaps and anywhere prone to dankness are usually the hotspots for spores it can also develop on gone-off food, with bread and cheese being prime examples. Other types of mould may be found in the bathroom and kitchen due to the humidity and, more specifically, window frames and underneath wallpaper.

In addition, as mentioned mould may cause several health problems that could affect your overall well-being. Symptoms may include acute asthma attacks, wheezing, irritated eyes, nose and throat and even impaired lungs function.  

There are many different types of mould, however, let's take a look at just a few of the most common. 

Penicillium Notatum

This type of mould has a blue-green tinge and inside the home, it may be found on stale foods and fruit and nuts, however, is also the mould that is used to produce mouldy cheese. While this mould can manifest all year round, its development reaches its peak during the spring and winter. This particular type of mould is linked with indoor allergies.

Aspergillus Fumigatus

Primarily found in soils, plant litter, rotten vegetables and roots, it can also be identified in tobacco and bird droppings. Unlike other types of mould, the level of spores released into the air tends to stay quite low however, is still associated with asthma as well as ‘Farmer's Lung' and bronchitis.

Alternaria Alternata

This type of mould manifests in warmer conditions and the habitat for this type generally includes composts, forest plants and bird nests. The familiar black spots that can be found on tomatoes are also attributed to this type. In addition, it can be found in soils and textiles.

Cladosporium Herbarum

This final breed of mould travels through the air and concentrations usually reach a peak in autumn and late summer while they continue to rise in the spring. It is commonly found on unkempt fridges, straw, damp areas around the home, window frames and houses that have very poor ventilation. Unlike the moulds mentioned above, it is known to be the main source of mould allergy and can be found in textiles, face creams and paints.

These are just 4 types of common moulds.

If you're suffering from a mould problem or suspect mould development is affecting your health, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Relko Group today. We offer experienced mould remediation alongside our fire and flood restoration services and would be happy to assist. Alternatively, if you have any questions about what we offer, further details on how we carry out our work or what we can do for you, visit our ‘contact us' page for details on how you can get in touch. Our friendly customer service team will be happy to take you through your enquiry and answer any queries you may have.