What exactly is black mold? Mold is a living organism that, in nature, serves the purpose of helping to break down organic material such as fallen leaves. While this is helpful outside, it is not so helpful when mold grows indoors. Black mold is particularly harmful and it is important that you have a professional deal with it. At Pure Maintenance MC, we offer mold testing and can tell you what type of mold is present in your home or office and at what levels.
What is black mold?
There are many varieties of mold—black mold is usually the Stachybotrys chartarum variety, which is commonly known as toxic mold. This type of mold is considered toxic because it produces a substance called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can make you sick and are particularly hazardous to those with asthma and compromised immune systems. If you think you have black mold in your home, it is important to get it tested. Black mold can be harmful, even in small quantities.
Is black mold always black?
In short, the answer is no. Black mold can also be greenish-black or various shades of brown. It generally has a slimy, wet appearance.
Does black mold have a smell?
Yes, the presence of black mold is often accompanied by a distinct musty stench.
Can black mold be present in my home or office even if I do not see it?
Yes, black mold grows on cellulose materials which are essentially plant-based materials like fiberboard, upholstery, carpet, and clothing. What this means is that mold can be growing inside your walls and you may not even know it.
What causes black mold to grow inside?
Mold needs moisture to grow. Excess water or moisture is one of the most common causes of mold growth indoors. This often occurs in areas where there has been a leak or a flood.
What are the symptoms associated with black mold exposure?
The most common symptoms are a runny nose, sore throat, itchy watery eyes, and a cough. In people with compromised immune systems, or lung problems the effects can be even more serious.
How do I get rid of toxic black mold?
It is best to call for professional help if you encounter black mold in your home or office. Disturbing the mold can release mold spores into the air causing symptoms to worsen.
Give us a Call
At Pure Maintenance MC, we offer a safe demolition-free process to remove black mold from your Phoenix Valley home or business. We have patented, EPA-approved technology to provide you with a cost-effective, highly-efficient alternative to traditional mold remediation. Call us today and let us get your home or office back to a healthy place.
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