May 08, 2023

What Is Black Mold?

Mold is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. When it comes to mold, knowing the causes and signs is an important part of keeping your family safe and healthy. Black mold in particular is a phrase that comes with a lot of negative connotations, but in reality, black mold is actually just a category of molds that are dark in color–there is no one, singular type of mold that you need to be concerned about. If you have concerns about dampness or mold removal in your home, consulting a specialist about removal is a good idea. 

Mold in the Home

In general, mold likes to grow anywhere that there is moisture. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of a mold infestation. 

Leaky roofs, pipes, or other sources of water damage can cause mold to grow in unseen places, and can create a health hazard in your home. To help prevent mold growth, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any potential leaks and to monitor the humidity levels in your home. Exhaust fans and windows can be used to increase ventilation in problem areas such as bathrooms and, if your home is regularly humid, you may wish to purchase a dehumidifier.

While diligence can often help a mold infestation from becoming severe, sometimes the unexpected happens. Leaks and floods can leave mold hiding in unsuspecting places that are difficult to find. At MasterClean, we have the knowledge and experience to find and safely remove mold before it becomes a health concern for you and your family. 

Health Concerns and Black Mold

It’s no secret that breathing in mold spores is bad for your health, but what about black mold? Black mold can refer to several different types of mold, although the one being talked about is most often Stachybotrys chartarum. According to the CDC, there’s no evidence that Stachybotrys chartarum is any more dangerous than other types of mold. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it.

There are a number of health concerns associated with mold growth in the home. Mold growth can cause coughing, wheezing, skin irritation and more, especially if you are allergic to it. It can also trigger asthma attacks. Tackling mold as soon as you know it is there is the best way to minimize possible health risks. Professionals know how to go beyond the surface of the mold and find it wherever it might hide.

Professional Mold Removal Services

If you have mold in your home, you may be tempted to try and treat it yourself. In some cases, mold can be removed from hard surfaces with an ordinary cleaner like bleach. However, mold can also grow into porous surfaces like drywall and become far more difficult to remove, quickly turning into a much bigger problem for your family

Scheduling an Appointment with MasterClean

If you have had recent water damage in your home, or otherwise suspect that there might be a mold infestation, a professional can help you get to the bottom of it. The mold removal experts at MasterClean know how to find mold wherever it is hiding, and remove it safely, keeping health hazards out of your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.