Have you noticed dark green or black fungus patches growing in your kitchen, shower, or basement? Is it giving off an unpleasant musty odor? If so, you might be dealing with black mold.
Why is this a problem? Well, it's one of the most toxic species of mold which can cause serious health problems if inhaled.
If you find suspect any mold or mildew in your home or business, contact a professional mold removal service right away.
What Is Black Mold?
Why Is Black Mold So Dangerous?
How Does Black Mold Spread?
Signs Of Black Mold
Be on the lookout for some tell-tale signs, especially in high moisture areas or areas with recent water leaks. For those wondering how to identify black mold, there are 4 main ways to do this.
- Smell – Is there a musty, or strong mildew smell? Black mold in particular has a smell of rotting leaves or dirt. Try to follow the smell and locate the source if possible.
- Color – Appears dark green or black. Keep in mind that not all black-colored molds are toxic, and Strachybotyrs can also be found in other colors.
- Texture – Has a fuzzy, clammy, & slimy texture. This is in contrast to or types of mold and mildew, which has a more powdery texture
- Testing – Have it professionally tested in a laboratory or looked at by a professional mold technician.
Health Problems Caused By Black Mold
Symptoms of Black Mold Exposure
- Itchy, red, or watering eyes
- Skin rash
- Runny nose
- Difficulty Breathing
- Asthma symptoms
- Chronic fatigue
Where Does Black Mold Grow?
- Between walls
- On or behind drywall
- In air vents or ducts
- Around window sills
- In bathrooms especially around showers, sinks, and the toilet
- On or underneath the carpet
- In basements
- In the attic
- In the building foundation
How To Remove Black Mold?
How To Prevent Black Mold
- Keep humidity levels low, below 50%. You can control humidity with an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
- Ensure proper ventilation throughout the property using exhaust fans, open windows, and dryer vent is functioning properly.
- Conduct a home inspection or call a plumber to identify and fix any water leaks, leaky roofs, or other plumbing issues.
- Use a mold inhibiting paint
- Use mold-killing products to wipe away surface mold on bathroom tile
- Dry any wet areas immediately.
- Remove any wet carpet or furniture that isn’t drying right away.