How to Check for “Black Mold”
There are many different types of mold, but none are actually called "black mold", because many molds have a black color. When people use the term, they may be referring to a type called Stachybotrys chartarum (S. chartarum), also known as Stachybotrys atra. But whichever type may be growing, it’s important to note that some people may be more sensitive to mold spores than others, and they may develop respiratory symptoms after inhaling even a small number of spores. In large quantities, mold spores can cause health effects in almost anyone.
That’s why it’s important to have SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County professionally remove mold growth from your Southwest Missouri home or business and take steps to prevent it from growing back.
Mold requires moisture to grow, so it’s naturally found in areas that are damp and humid, such as bathrooms and basements. Plumbing leaks can also trigger mold growth and should be repaired ASAP. But, what about mold growth that you can’t see? If you’re experiencing a musty smell, it’s likely that you’ve got mold growing in a hidden spot.
The following are some of the most common areas for mold to grow undetected and should be periodically checked:
- Behind your refrigerator
- Beneath stacks of magazines, papers or cardboard
- Behind the drywall in spaces with plumbing lines
- Under sinks
- Behind wallboard near leaking windows
- In ventilation ducts
- Under carpeting that was once wet
- Backside of acoustic ceiling tiles
It can get downright humid in Greene County, which is a perfect environment for mold growth. Here are some ways to control the moisture in your home:
- Install air conditioning. These units not only cool the house, they also remove moisture from the air.
- Install dehumidifiers in areas that suffer from moisture.
- Increase air circulation by installing ceiling fans and more air vents.
- Insulate water pipes. Cold pipes can “sweat” and drip.
When it comes to mold, one of the worst things you can do is to do nothing. Mold is a living organism that grows and will continue to grow under the right conditions. It may also adversely affect your health and will damage the structure of your home or business until it’s been stopped in its tracks. By the time you notice it, it’s already been around for a while. So, whether you can see it or not, call SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County to safely remediate any mold problems you’re facing.