How to Identify Black Mold in Your Home
With the winter season about to settle in, homeowners should be preparing for the side effects. No, we don’t mean the belly aches from Christmas cookies – we’re talking about weather effects on homes and businesses. More specifically, water and mold damage.
As the cold, wet weather prepares to take us by storm (pun intended,) you should be looking out for potential water leaks, storm damage, and even mold in your home. Mold, specifically black mold, can be serious. If left untreated, it can cause damage to your home and affect your health. Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself. Learn how to identify black mold in your home below!
How to identify black mold
There are a few key details to look out for that will help you identify black mold in your home. These include color, smell, and location.
Black mold is distinctive from other types of mold by its color. Before you write this one off, though, because the name has “black” in it, you might want to keep reading. This is because black mold can sometimes be a dark greenish color as well. Why? Because black mold is slow-growing mold that takes time to reach maturation. Thus, it will start out as a more greenish hue and will only turn black once it’s fully matured.
Smell is great indicator of black mold too. To determine if the mold you find in your home is black mold, look out for a distinctively musty odor. This can help you identify that there is mold present and help you seek it out for closer inspection.
Mold typically has a unique texture that stands out against other materials. Some even say that it looks fuzzy. However, black mold is a slightly different story. If you think that you’ve found black mold in your home, you’ll be able to confirm it by looking for something that appears dusty or muddy. In other words,it will make the surface it’s growing on look dirty. It is definitely not fuzzy and it doesn’t grow in patterns.
Most importantly, black mold only grows in certain locations. More specifically, wet ones. Therefore, always check areas that are prone to moisture and humidity. These locations include dark, unventilated areas along floors, walls, and ceilings, or in basements. IT can also grow inside drywall, wood framing, etc.
Black mold health effects
Now that you know how to identify black mold in your home, you’re probably also wondering about the black mold health effects. If so, you’re not alone. While black mold can cause you to experience health issues, it’s not fatal. You’re most likely to experience health effects such as itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, cough, or other allergy symptoms. If you have pre-existing conditions related to the respiratory system, you may also notice some shortness of breath.
Are you concerned that you might have black mold in your home? Don’t panic! At Allied 24/7 Restoration, we are black mold remediation experts. We can quickly find and treat the mold so that you can get back to enjoying life in your home.
So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to schedule a mold remediation appointment and rest easy knowing your home is mold-free!