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There are many different types of mold, and any mold in your home should be removed. However, black mold can be particularly distressing for homeowners to see, and that’s understandable. When comparing black mold vs. regular mold, the main factor to recognize is that black mold can have more serious negative consequences to your health and to the structure of your home.
You may be wondering, “What is black mold? Is it literally black? What does black mold smell like? What does it look like? And what’s the issue with black mold vs. regular mold?”
Black mold is a specific type of mold called Stachybotrys chartarum. Like other types of mold, it usually grows in damp environments, and it is typically black, brown or dark green. Other types of mold appear in varying colors, including green, yellow, brown and gray.
Black mold has a very musty, earthy scent, which people have described as rotting leaves, wet cedar or mud. Homeowners who have experienced significant black mold infestations have reported being unable to enter the home due to the pungent odor.
Many types of mold can cause respiratory illnesses and allergic reactions, including a runny nose, a dry cough, skin rashes, a sore throat, sinusitis, wheezing and red, watery eyes. However, black mold is notorious due to greater health-related concerns. Certain types of black mold are more toxic than regular mold due to the potential release of mycotoxins, which have been linked to serious health problems. One particular health concern is that of mycotoxicosis, also known as “mold poisoning,” although the relationship between the condition and contact with mold needs further research to be validated.
Black mold also tends to spread very quickly. In fact, homeowners who have experienced flooding or leaks have noticed the smell of black mold in their homes just a day later and have seen the black mold within a few days. However, because mold grows in humid areas – such as in crawl spaces, under surfaces in the bathroom and in basements and attics – locating the source of the mold growth can be challenging. In many cases, resolving the issue requires ripping out and replacing surfaces or structures that the black mold has infested.
Being proactive to prevent mold growth in the first place is essential in any home. Following are several tips for mold prevention and remediation:
Some types of surface mold or mildew can be removed via basic household cleaning methods, but black mold tends to dig deep into surfaces, especially if it has impacted a surface for a long time. Coming into contact with any type of mold, especially black mold, can irritate your skin, eyes and respiratory system, so trying to remediate the issue on your own can be dangerous without the proper equipment and safety procedures.
For these reasons, if you are seeing or smelling black mold in your home, it’s important to contact a professional mold removal company. The experts can identify the source of the mold, determine what kind of mold it is and fix the problem safely.
Contact us to learn more about black mold vs. regular mold, for mold remediation or to schedule an inspection. We are here to help.