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What is Black Mold?

The proper term for black mold is Stachybotrys, which is a species of mold that
cultivates when there is a high moisture content for a very long time. The most common misconception about black mold is that the name leads people to believe that it is actually black in color when mold really comes in different colors. Color does NOT differentiate mold type. You should be concerned anytime there is a discoloration.

 

What is the health risk involved with mold?

The most common question we get is how dangerous is mold? Everyone has different sensitivity level and everyones body reacts differently. What doesn’t bother one person may bother another. Last year Summit had a mold client where the wife and two kids experienced terrible respiratory issues and the husband was completely fine. 

Some health symptoms people experience from exposure to mold include:

  • Persistent coughing
  • Frequent headaches
  • Frequent chest colds.
  • Respiratory issues
  • Allergic reactions
  • Inflammation of the sinuses

What materials does mold grow on?

Generally mold grows only on organic materials like wood, paper, or non plastic materials. However, if you do have the right environment for mold it can be present on non-organic materials such as glass and vinyls. Dry wall is the most common material we see it on.

 

What can you do to prevent mold?

First and foremost you must take care of any moisture problems. During Winter and leading into Spring is a huge time for mold to cultivate as everyone has their houses locked up and there is not good airflow. So when you have a high moisture build up coming in your house with zero air movement, we are essentially creating a great environment for mold to start growing.

As you are doing your cleanings take a look. Is there mildew growing inside your window? Move furniture away from the wall. Think about how mold grows. Are you creating an environment that is conducive for growth?

 

When should you bring in a mold professional?

As mold specialists we always recommend getting a professional inspect possible mold because what you see may not be the entirety of the problem. You may see a small spot on the surface, but behind it it could be much larger. We always recommend getting mold checked out by a professional to prevent a much larger problem. Proper mold removal is important to guarantee the mold doesn’t return and you won’t have mold and mildew issues in the future.

 

What materials does mold grow on?

Generally mold grows on organic materials like wood and drywall, and also fibrous materials like carpet and insulations. However, if you do have the right environment for mold it can be present on non-organic materials such as glass and vinyls. Drywall and wood substrates are the most common materials we see it on.

 

Caulking is discolored and spot – is that mold?

Discoloration in caulking is typically an indicator of moisture intrusion behind the caulking, and that the mildew/ mold is staining through to the surface.

Why we are different and what do companies omit that we feel are critical?

The most important thing to consider when dealing with an environmental element that could be hazardous like mold is limiting the ability to spread contamination. Mold spores are microscopic and easily dislodged from the surfaces they are on , even a non-viable mold spores can become airborne and have allergenic properties. Our technicians are trained in industry standards and protocols on insuring the proper removal of mold contamination, while ensuring the health and safety is a top priority of any remediation project we do.

 

Do you need help or have questions about a mold problem?

Summit Cleaning & Restoration is a full service restoration, speciality cleaning, and construction company that specializes in mold.

 

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