Black mold is one of the most harmful types of mold. Developing after moisture damage, it requires mold remediation to make your space safe again. If you think you’ve detected this type of growth in your home, you may have many concerns about it. To help you stay safe, here’s a guide to some of the common questions people have about black mold.
FAQ About Black Mold
What does it look like?
Black mold can appear green or black in color and has a gelatinous appearance. The moisture built up in the area often creates a slimy layer on affected surfaces, but it may appear more dry and powdery if the mold colony’s water source has depleted.
What’s the difference between black & regular mold?
Regular mold spores that grow behind wallpaper often look pink or yellow in color. Mold that grows on open walls and tile is usually darker shades of green, brown, or black. Black mold, on the other hand, thrives on surfaces that contain cellulose, such as wood, gypsum board, or paper.
Does black mold affect my health?
Black mold may negatively impact your long-term health. Symptoms can be more severe for people with previous respiratory problems like chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) or asthma. If you’ve been exposed, you may notice symptoms similar to allergies, including wheezing, a sore throat, and itchy, red eyes. Over time, constant black mold exposure may lead to hair loss, memory loss, and even anxiety.
Can black mold be removed from my home?
With mold growth starting after just 48 hours of moisture exposure, it spreads quickly and aggressively. However, mold remediation professionals use equipment with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and air scrubbers to remove the mold from all affected surfaces. They may also address the source of the issue, including water damage, to help prevent recurrence.
If you’re looking for mold remediation or other restoration services in the Greater New York Area, call Strictly Restoration. The team has over a decade of experience inspecting, cleaning, and restoring properties after mold damage and disasters. They offer 24-hour emergency service to ensure you receive help when you need it most. They work on both residential and commercial properties. Learn more about mold remediation online or call (718) 404-6811 to schedule a free estimate.