Mold comes in various shapes & colors including black mold, white, gray, yellow, green, pink mold, or brownish. Living mold looks fuzzy, velvety, or slimy and can grow on anything that has moisture. Some molds form a big stain while others come in patches that are spread out. Mold spores grow rapidly in areas of excessive moisture including leakage that could have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or areas where flooding has occurred. Other products such as paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products that could be sitting in your garage or basement provide conducive growth environments for molds.
Black mold can be commonly found in areas such as behind the wall, in an air duct, bathroom, basement corner, inside a closet, on the ceiling, in an attic, under a kitchen sink, on shower curtains, crawl spaces, etc. Go here to read on common areas of mold growth.
Mold fungus is always floating in the air and dust, so it is practically impossible to remove all mold spores. However, indoor mold can be reduced by controlling the moisture & heat levels. Taking the following steps will reduce mold growth in your home:
- Repair all water leaks & dry the affected area immediately. Mold resulting from water damage i.e. leaks, floods, storms can cause serious health problems. Go here to read how to fix black mold from water damage.
- Use insulation in the attic & ceiling areas to minimize the congestion of hot air in the attic. The attic is the space found between the ceiling of the top floor of the home & slanted roof. Mold development in the attic occurs often because the heat that rises from the floors of a home evaporate into the attic, from which they have nowhere to go.
- Provide good air circulation in your home by using exhaust fans. Exhaust fans remove odor, smoke & moisture from rooms in your home thus making an important part of a heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems.
- Measure humidity levels in your home. When the relative humidity in your home exceeds 50% – 55%, nasty substances such as Black mold, bacteria, dust mites, viruses & another fungus will accumulate & grow.
Mold can be found in various places inside & outside the home. It appears often in wet or moist areas that have excess hot air. Mold can be identified by its fuzzy, velvety, or slimy stainish appearance or its musty smell. Mold cannot grow without water or moisture so it is important to dry out wet areas of the home using exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, etc. Typically, this should be done within 24 – 48 hours after mold detection as mold grows & multiplies rapidly.
If you are feeling the effects of mold poisoning, or the musty smell in your home is just unbearable, then there are signs mold in your home has grown large. Usually, mold that has grown bigger than 10 square inches should be removed by a professional mold removal company. If not, then you can follow our practical tips to mold removal guide to do it yourself.
An initial mold inspection is done to find areas of moisture in your home where mold could rapidly grow. The basic steps a mold inspector will follow include:
- Evaluate existing black mold in the home
- Identify areas & sources of moisture
- Investigate environmental conditions that could cause mold to grow
- Mark areas in the home where mold is infested
- Take photos of affected moldy areas and show it to the homeowner
- Offer steps to remove mold, cost & time involved, preventive measures, etc.