Common Types of Mold Found in Air Ducts

We bet you don’t give much thought to the air ducts in your home. But they get dirty, and, yes, moldy, over time. There are many types of mold that could be growing in your air ducts, some dangerous and some harmless. To be safe, it’s smart to hire a professional for air duct cleaning in Michigan on a regular basis.

Let’s go over the most common mold types found in air ducts.

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1.     Aspergillus

Aspergillus has a powdery texture and can be white, black, or green. This mold is generally harmless. But if you are allergic to Aspergillus in particular, it can pose serious health problems.

2.     Penicillium

Usually known for its bluish-green color and velvety texture, Penicillium is also harmless to most people unless you are allergic to it.

3.     Stachybotrys Chartarum

One of the most dangerous types of mold found in air ducts, this type of mold is black with a slimy texture. It produces toxins that can lead to serious health problems, including headaches, dizziness, and respiratory diseases. It’s more commonly known as black mold. The most dangerous type of mold, black mold often grows undetected for many years, posing long-term serious health effects.

These range from chronic coughing and sneezing to eye irritation and skin inflammation. Rashes, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches also come with long-term exposure. Many people just assume they have allergies when in fact they are having reactions to black mold lurking in their air ducts and in the walls.

4.     Acremonium 

Usually pink, orange, or yellow in color, this type of mold has a powdery texture and is usually present in areas with high levels of humidity, such as those found in air ducts. While not as dangerous as Stachybotrys Chartarum above, it can result in respiratory problems if you are allergic to it.

5.     Cladosporium

This mold also loves damp areas and can be black, brown, or green in color. Characterized by a velvety texture, Cladosporium often comes with a musty smell, although, like some of those above, it’s not dangerous unless you’re allergic to it.

6.     Mucor

This fast-growing strain of mold thrives in high-humidity areas and is usually white or black in color with a fluffy or cottony texture. Again, it’s not particularly dangerous unless you are allergic to it.

In conclusion, because air ducts are enclosed, dark spaces that aren’t checked very often, mold will continue to grow if not cleaned regularly.

Call 1st Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services at (248) 491-3088

It’s a fact: air ducts get dirty. They even get moldy. Every once in a while, you need to clean them out, and that’s what we’re here for. Start with a free quote and consultation on our air duct cleaning services in Detroit MI when you call us at (248) 491-3088.

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