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4 Facts About Black Mold

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of black mold growing on white wall above white tiles. Controlling moisture is a good way to prevent mold growth.

When you walk through the front door of your home in West Valley City, UT, and smell something musty, chances are good that you have mold growth somewhere in the house. If you follow your nose to where the smell is the strongest, you may be able to see the problem. A professional mold inspection, however, can give you a lot more information. Here are four things that are helpful to know about black mold if you suspect a fungus infestation in your home.

4 Things to Know About Black Mold 

1. It Is Not Always Black.

Despite the commonly used moniker for stachybotrys, black mold can be a variety of colors. If the growth is heavily concentrated, it may appear black, but it can also be a dark green or gray hue.

2. It Needs Moisture To Thrive.

Mold remediation experts often find old, unmitigated water damage in homes that have fungus problems. More often than not, excess moisture is likely the main catalyst for the growth. Spores are drawn to damp or humid areas, so controlling moisture in your home is a good way to prevent mold from growing.

3. It Is Always Present.

There is no such thing as a home without mold. Spores are everywhere. They hitch a ride on your clothes, shoes, bags and hair every time you walk through the door. This is why DIY test kits are often unhelpful. They detect the presence of spores but don't tell you much more. A professional mold inspection can reveal the type, location, size and concentration of the mold growth.

4. It Usually Requires Professional Remediation.

Cleaning up house mold is not as simple as wiping it down with a wet cloth. If the surface on which it grows is porous, it will root into the object, making it difficult to remove without special equipment.

If you get a whiff of the telltale odor of stachybotrys, get a mold inspection as soon as possible. Professionals can locate and deal with the problem much more thoroughly and efficiently than you could handle it on your own.

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