What is Black Mold?
As a residential or commercial property owner, the last thing you want to discover is that your home or facility has black mold. Molds are very common in homes and buildings and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. Mold can come in a variety of colors including white, gray, green, red and blue – but black mold is typically the most infamous variety.
How to detect Black Mold
In order to tell if black mold may be growing in your home or facility, rely on your nose. A musty, earthy smell (like dirt and rotting leaves) is a sign of mold’s presence. Stachybotrys (associated with black mold) smells especially strong. All molds need food, water, and a dark, stagnant environment with temperatures that neither freeze nor boil to grow. If you think you might have black mold on your property, contact a professional mold remediation company immediately. Do not try to remove it yourself, or disturb it – as this could allow it to migrate to other areas that are currently unaffected.
Mold and Health Concerns
Mold exposure does not always present a health problem indoors. However, some people are particularly sensitive to molds. Such people might experience systems such as nasal stiffness, irritation of the skin or eyes, or wheezing when exposed to molds. Furthermore, some people may have more severe reactions to molds, and experience fever and shortness of breath.