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How To Identify Black Mold in Your Home

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Determine What Type of Mold Is In Your Home

The words "black mold" are terrifying to any home owner in Enterprise, UT. After all, this type of mold can quickly spread throughout your home.
In fact, there are many different types of mold that can damage your property. Mold remediation professionals can destroy this fungus before it eats away at your walls and furniture. Before the experts arrive, however, it helps to do a mold inspection and find out what type of fungus the pros will be addressing.
This may be easier said than done, as there are at least one thousand different species of mold in America alone. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, including:

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Black
  • Orange

Identifying Mold
Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys Atra, is one of the most well-known types of house mold. Despite its name, however, it is not necessarily black. It can be gray or dark green, as well. It also typically has a slimy texture.
A reliance on moisture is another defining characteristic of this kind of mold. The black type of mold often grows near a leak or standing water.
During your mold inspection, you may encounter a musty odor. This is another sign that Stachybotrys Atra is present. If the smell is coming from your HVAC vents, then you may have mold damage within the ducts.

Addressing Mold
Of course, identifying the mold is only one step of the cleaning process. You should next try to limit the humidity and moisture in the affected area to prevent the mold from spreading. Because the mold will not disappear on its own, you will need to have the fungus removed immediately.
A mold inspection can help you determine what type of fungus is present in your home. Once you do identify the problem, however, you should not attempt mold cleanup yourself. Instead, utilize local remediation experts who know how to safely address the issue.

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