The Truth About Black Mold—And How You Can Stay Safe
surfaces as blackish-green spots or blemishes. It lives on moist, cellulose-rich surfaces like fiberboard, drywall, and gypsum board. Black mold is most attracted to moisture, which is why it lives in previously-flooded homes, leaky pipe areas, or anywhere with water damage.
Here’s how you can treat and prevent black mold in your home:
Size up the problem spot—when to choose DIY vs. the pros
Air out your home
Wear protective gear
Create a bleach cleaning solution
Watch for future water damage
Keep your home clean and dry
Is Black Mold Dangerous?
The short answer is—not really. But that doesn’t mean you should keep black mold as a pet. Everyone has different levels of tolerance to allergens like mold spores, but that’s all black mold is—an allergen. Those with asthma, respiratory allergies, or immune suppression will feel the effects of black mold’s mycotoxins more than most folks.
What Are the Symptoms of Black Mold Exposure?
If you find black mold on your property, there’s no need to panic. But black mold presents more health risks to sensitive groups like those with respiratory conditions or immune conditions.
How Does Black Mold Get Inside a House?
Mold spores find their way inside by hitchhiking on clothes, pet fur, and air currents into your home. But spores can’t get comfortable without plenty of water. This is why you’ll usually find black mold around water-damaged areas impacted by plumbing issues like floods or leaky pipes.
The Importance of Professional Mold Removal for Businesses
Mold is neither plant nor animal, but rather a fungus that grows in dark, damp corners and presents significant health hazards to the surrounding environment—which is why it’s critical that a professional mold removal company remediate a mold situation.
When mold spores find moisture and begin to grow unnoticed, they can present health problems when higher concentrations of spores are inhaled. Here we’ll go over what you should know about keeping mold out of your business.
What Conditions Are Best For Mold Growth?
Inside mold growth occurs where there is moisture. It can occur in ceilings, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpet and more. Some causes of excessive moisture are condensation, humidity, cooking, washing, or water from a flood, leak or spill.
Is All Mold Bad?
Given the right conditions, mold will create spores to reproduce – similar to how plants produce seeds. Molds release these small spores into the air where they spread to create new colonies. The spores are small enough that people can inhale them. Settling deep within the lungs, the development of respiratory problems or asthma is a possibility. Mold also produces allergens that can cause an allergic reaction when touched or inhaled. While some molds present serious health hazards, not all molds are bad. And not everyone that comes into contact with mold will be affected; some people are more sensitive to mold than others. Because there are so many variables, it’s best to keep mold out of your business.
The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture.
Fix water leaks. Any known water leaks should be fixed quickly. Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
Limit condensation. Keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
Reduce humidity. Open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
Clean wet/damp areas. Any wet or damp area, materials or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
You Just Found Mold In Your Home, What Do You Do Now?
Mold remediation is never fun, but working with the right mold remediation company who will clearly explain the mold remediation process to you, provide quality work that solves your mold problem, guarantees their work, and develops a schedule to accommodate your needs will provide you with the best experience possible.
What Is the Difference Between Mold Remediation And Mold Removal?
The basic difference between mold remediation and mold removal is that mold remediation gets rid of the mold and corrects the source of the mold problem, while mold removal simply removes the mold. If you correct the underlying issue that is causing the mold, the mold will not return. Mold remediation methods include removal of contaminated materials, dry-ice blasting of mold growth, and cleaning with special mold-inhibiting liquids
Mold remediation will cost more up-front than simple mold removal, but it will have a lasting effect. Mold removal is likely to cost more in the long-run because you will need to continually pay to have the newly formed mold removed. We think you will agree that mold remediation is the best approach for solving your mold problems.
Why Is Mold Remediation Necessary?
A major mold outbreak can ruin your home and your health. Most people know mold spores are a major allergen and if left unchecked they can cause severe allergic reactions. However, not as widely known, mold actively grows by feeding on wood, sheetrock, roofs and other surfaces. Therefore, over time the mold will actually eat away at the integrity of your home and can lead to structural failures. Mold remediation performed at the first sight of mold can save you a lot of money in the long-run and keep you and your family healthy.
What Does Mold Remediation Cost?
The cost of mold remediation largely depends on the size and complexity of the job. However, other things that factor into the cost include the qualifications and guarantees of the mold remediation company.
Solved! What to Do About Mold on the Walls
Safely remove unsightly and potentially hazardous mold from the bathroom and other moisture-prone zones—and keep it at bay—with these easy methods
Q: Ugh! I’ve recently discovered ugly patches of mold on the walls in my bathroom. Is it dangerous? How do I get rid of it?
A: It’s an all-too-common problem in any area of the home where moisture levels tend to be high: splotches of mold growing on the walls or ceiling. While mold can sprout anywhere along a wall, it’s most often found either up high near the ceiling, down low near the floor, or creeping along edges of trim or baseboards. This frustrating and potentially hazardous problem is most common in bathrooms with frequently used showers or tubs, but can also affect damp basements, kitchens, or laundry rooms. If conditions are damp, ventilation is poor, and temperatures are high, airborne, invisible mold spores—found virtually everywhere—happily settle in and grow.
The most feared type of mold is Stachybotrys chartarum, typically referred to as black mold, which can cause chronic respiratory irritation, headaches, and persistent fatigue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black mold requires constant moisture for growth—not just intermittent moisture from the shower—so it’s likelier that your problem is caused by another less toxic variety of mold. That said, a severe mold situation can lead to or exacerbate respiratory or immune system issues.
Remove mold stains from walls.
Mix a solution of one part bleach to three parts water in a spray bottle, and thoroughly saturate the moldy areas of the wall. Open a window and/or keep a fan running as you work; bleach fumes are unpleasant and can be irritating to the lungs. Let the bleach soak into the mold on the walls for several minutes, then use a scrub brush to remove the stains. If the stains are extensive or deep, you may need to repeat the process to remove all discoloration.
Kill mold on walls.
While bleach works well to kill surface fungus and remove the ugly marks on the walls caused by mold, it doesn’t penetrate deeply into the drywall and so it leaves the mold’s “roots” undisturbed. That means the problem is likely to reoccur, sometimes within days. To kill mold beneath the surface, simply spray undiluted white vinegar onto the affected area and let it dry. Don’t worry about the odor; the smell will dissipate once the vinegar is completely dry.
COMMON TYPES OF MOLD IN HOMES
Mold can be a toxic and dangerous living substance that grows in very specific conditions. Mold typically thrives in damp and dark environments where temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold can occur in your home, car, office or any other structure you and your family spend time in.
It is vital to be able to recognize mold, know its potential health effects and deal with it immediately, whether you’re going to live there for many years or you’re looking to sell your house in the near future. In many cases, mold growth is so widespread that the average homeowner cannot properly control and eliminate it themselves. Professional mold removal companies have the experience and tools required to assess the damage, and control and stop mold growth before it causes any further damage to human health.
EFFECTS OF MOLD ON HUMAN HEALTH
It is critical to identify and eliminate mold as soon as it begins to develop. Mold can be highly toxic and can have a long-lasting effect on human health depending on the species and the extent of exposure. Children, seniors, pregnant women and people with pre-existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of mold. Mold is such a severe health issue that organizations like the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all researched and published findings on the links between this toxic substance and different illnesses and health conditions.
Mold Sensitivity: Some people are particularly sensitive to mold, while others can develop a sensitivity over time due to prolonged exposure. Other people may have more sensitive mold allergies and can be severely affected by it
Mold sensitivity includes symptoms like:
Chest and nasal congestion
Coughing, sneezing and wheezing
Watering, dry or sore eyes