Finding Black Mold in Your West Palm Beach Home and Common Questions
Hearing or thinking the words “black mold” can be daunting for many homeowners. All too often, companies and the internet sensationalize black mold and instilling fear into homeowners who then believe any black mold or mildew is in fact toxic black mold. Mold can come in a variety of colors and even mildew can appear black. Many of our customers call us because they have noticed mold that is black in color and are unsure what exactly they may be dealing with. Here are a few common questions we get:
1. What Is Black Mold?
Black Mold, or Stachybotrys Chartarum, is a certain type of mold that can grow in a home. This mold can be a dark black or even green in color. While this mold is thought to be more harmful than other molds, we always stress to our customers that whether they are truly dealing with black mold or not, all molds should be considered as unhealthy and do not belong in a healthy home.
2. How Did I Get Black Mold?
Regardless of black mold or not, if you are in fact dealing with mold damage, your home was likely exposed to some kind of water or moisture. Once exposed to water, the growth of mold spores is triggered (which are naturally present everywhere) and your home’s materials act as an additional food source.
3. Mold or Mildew?
Mildew typically occurs in areas that stay wet for long periods of time. Think of your bathtub or kitchen sink caulking. You may see grayish looking spots that are easily removed with a household cleaning agent.
4. Can I Clean the Mold Myself?
While there are ways to help combat mold, mold cleaning is not recommended. Mold can easily spread; improper cleaning without the use of protective equipment or proper containment can cause exacerbate the mold damage or cause it to grow in other areas of your home.
Keeping your home’s environment healthy is important to keeping yourself and family healthy. Calling a professional to deal with black mold damage will attain just that! Our mold damage experts understand how to inspect for mold, the mold remediation process, and what is right for your home.