Black mold is never a pleasant site and removing it can be a difficult task to say the least.
When you’re doing a bit of spring cleaning, it’s not uncommon to come across some unpleasant surprises. You may find unexpected rodents, rotting wood, or long forgotten food lying around. But one of the worst things you can come upon is something that can look rather harmless–black mold.
To the naked eye, this could just appear to be a bit of dirt or grime that has built up over the years. After all, it does simply appear to be a collection of black splotches, nothing special really. Unfortunately, this is what too many of us think when we come across black mold and, as you’ll come to learn, maintaining this mindset can be extremely dangerous.
How Fast Does Black Mold Grow?
Black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum is a stealthy, skilled predator. It can sneak up on us, lurking right under our noses before it’s taken over. If given a damp, fibre-rich surface to grow on, black mold spores can spread at a rate of roughly one square inch per day.
Now, that may not sound like a lot, but in a matter of weeks, it can cover significant ground, expanding to multiple surfaces and areas of your home before you’re even able to spot it!
Where Does Black Mold Grow?
Mold can grow in a multitude of places, but it specifically thrives in dark, damp areas as it requires moisture in order to multiply. This moisture can form from a multitude of reasons such as leaky pipes, lack of sufficient ventilation, humid weather conditions, and flooding. Regardless of the specific cause, the first place you should look for black mold is where water and moisture accumulate such as bathrooms and basements.
Just because you may not see it yourself, doesn’t mean it’s not there though! Remember, black mold doesn’t just grow on external fixtures such as walls, floors and ceilings. It can also be located on the internal framing of your home, especially if you have a plumbing issue like a leak or excessive condensation.
Dangers of Black Mold
Letting black mold sit and accumulate in your home is one of the worst things you can do as a homeowner. Not only is it an unpleasant sight that will undoubtedly spread, but it is also detrimental to your health.
Black mold releases toxic spores that linger in the air and enter your respiratory system completely undetected. This can lead to a number of different health complications such as asthma, nausea, eye and throat irritation, chronic fatigue, and possibly even depression.
A study of 6,000 adults living in roughly 3,000 households, published in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that there was a relationship between prevalence of mold and rates of depression. Although it was never confirmed as a causal relationship, it is clear that black mold poses numerous threats to our physical and mental health.
Black Mold Removal
Removing black mold can be a tedious process but is one that is absolutely necessary. It is not advised that you go at this alone though. As we mentioned previously, it is difficult for the average person to properly identify the extent of the mold growth occurring and remove it safely.
Rather, we recommend hiring a professional black mold removal company, like Yalla Construction, to do that difficult task for you. Doing so is the only way to confirm that your black mold infestation has been dealt with properly.
If you suspect you have a black mold infestation that is in need of removal, contact us today. Our licensed professionals will have your home mold-free in no time, allowing you to get back to everyday life.
To learn more about our specific mold removal process, visit our residential black mold removal page.