Black mold or the scientific name, stachybotrys atra is a common mold found in homes throughout New England, including Massachusetts. This type of mold can be dangerous and toxic when ingested or inhaled. In this blog, we will teach you how to identify if the black mold is growing in your home. While it isn’t always necessary to identify the type of mold growth in your home, it can be beneficial as it can prepare to take additional precautions. It should be noted Black Mold isn’t necessarily more dangerous than other molds but toxic, nonetheless. Continue reading to learn how to identify black mold.
Change in Smell
Black, and other molds can produce a musty or mildew smell. If the mold is not clearly visible, this may be because it is hiding behind a wall or cabinet. Some say the smell is similar to dirt or the underside of damp, rotting leaves.
Black mold is of course, black. This type of mold can almost resemble a furnace puff back, where exhaust settles on a surface.
Black mold is visibly moist and has a bit of a slimy, slippery texture. Attempt not directly to touch the mold due to its toxicity. Using gloves and a rag or wipes you intend on throwing away, wipe away the mold as much as possible. Be sure to not breathe directly over the spot and wear a mask if possible while cleaning any mold.
Conduct a full mold review of your home
If you find mold in your house, it is likely growing in other places. Be sure to look in risk areas such as near pipes in your bathroom or kitchen. If there is a slight leak or even condensation, this can provide the mold enough water to thrive. Another place people don’t often check for mold is in between tiling where the grout is placed during installation. Grout is porous and black mold thrives on porous material
Another material to be mindful of when searching for mold is cellulose. Cellulose is a plant-based material, including the likes of paper, cardboard, and even wood. If moisture has found its way onto this type of material, mold can very well be present.
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If you catch mold quickly enough, it can be easily wiped away. If you suspect the mold problem isn’t just starting and has spread to other areas of your home, contact Bay State Mold Removal today. Our mold removal professionals can remediate your mold issue to ensure your home is a safe and healthy place to live again.