Mold is an essential part of nature, but when it enters the home it can be very dangerous. Use this guide to help you remove black mold from your home.
Mold is an essential part of nature, helping with everything from decomposition to the production of cheese, bread and even beer. But when this essential substance enters the home, it can quickly spell disaster. Fortunately, even with black mold, there’s a way to fight back.
What is Black Mold?
Black mold is one of the most common types of mold that attacks the indoors. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Evolved to aid in the decomposition of trees, leaves and other compost, it’s perfectly suited to grow in the dark, damp corners of our homes. Remember, these corners are often made of wood – its favorite energy source. But it’s not the mold itself that’s dangerous to humans. This culprit would be the mycotoxins that the mold spores release into the air.
Although not alive themselves, mycotoxins are some of nature’s most toxic substances. These tiny “packets” of chemicals can wreak havoc on the human body. Never shrug off a small amount of mold, as it may be evidence of a larger problem. Even a quick glance at some of the many symptoms of a black mold infestation is scary enough to make you want to take extra precautionary measures for keeping it out of your home.
Remember what we said about black mold being one of the most toxic substances in existence? Yeah, we weren’t joking. This is why you should NEVER ignore what may be a black mold problem. If you do have something you suspect as black mold, how can you know for sure? Well, let’s take a look.
Identifying Black Mold
While mold and mildew can come in all types of colors and textures, knowing what to look for is crucial when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. Black mold is best described as a “slimy, greenish-black colored, gelatinous mold substance with a wet layer on top.” When this water source dries out, the black mold appears more dry and powdery but with the same greenish-black color. In both states, it’s extremely dangerous to humans.
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