Eliminating Mold in the Home
The words black mold can send a chill straight into any homeowner’s ears. In this article, STOP Restoration explains what black mold is as well as how to prevent future mold growth in the home.
If you do have a problem with black mold in the home, STOP Restoration’s team of professionals can address any questions or concerns you may have about black mold. Call (772) 266-5428.
What is black mold?
According to the CDC, black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum (also known by its synonym Stachybotrys atra) grows where there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration or flooding. You may have heard of black mold being described as toxic mold. However, the CDC points out that “While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous.”
This is not to say that mold growing in your home is not a hazard. It definitely can be a major health hazard.
But it can be helpful to understand that mold is present all the time, whether in the air or living on household surfaces. Mold spores enter your home through open windows or doors, as well as through outdoor air intakes. They can even attach themselves to people and animals.
The problem begins when these mold spores find a surface that encourages their growth, such as wet cellulose material. Cellulose is found in ceiling tiles, wood products, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery.
How to Prevent Black Mold
Mold of any kind, but especially black mold, thrives in moisture-rich environments. That is why the three most common spaces in your home where you find this invader are your basement, crawlspaces and showers.
To discover potential areas for mold growth, first begin by inspecting your home for any excess moisture or leaks, particularly in the three common areas: (wet basements, crawlspace, and bathroom showers). If leaks are found, consulting a professional like STOP Restoration is a smart decision to determine whether you have a black mold.
Once any black mold issues are resolved, you can ward off further issues by placing a dehumidifier in the susceptible areas to slow down and prevent the return of the black mold.
What to Do If You Have Black Mold
The STOP Restoration approach for dealing with black mold in a home is a 3 step mold remediation process: containment of the black mold, the reduction or elimination of moisture sources that are causing the black mold and, finally, the removal of all visible mold and of any contaminated materials. We do not recommend DIY methods for cleaning up mold like using bleach.
It is important to hire a professional such as STOP Restoration Port St. Lucie to handle black mold issues in your home to ensure the safety and health of your family.