We’d like to show you some black mold pictures so you know what to look for in your own home. Keep in mind, though, that if you find mold in your house that doesn’t look like the mold in these black mold photos, that does not mean you don’t have a mold problem. You could have another type of hazardous mold instead of black mold. You could also have black mold that is in an earlier stage or more advanced stage than the mold in these photos.
Black mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is black in color, of course. This is not the only type of mold which is black in color, however.
As you can see from some of the black mold photos here, Stachybotrys chartarum can cover just a small area or it can cover a very large area. Black mold typically has a slimy appearance, as well as being black in color.
You can find Stachybotrys chartarum in any damp areas of your home, including bathrooms, basements, garages, crawl spaces, under kitchen sinks (especially if any pipes are leaky) and anywhere there’s been a leak in the roof or anywhere you’ve had any flooding. Anyplace you see buckled drywall, blistered or peeling paint, water stains on walls or ceilings, or similar signs of water damage, you may also find black mold like in these black mold pictures.
The black mold may be in a highly visible area and may cover a large enough area that it’s very obvious, as it is in some of these black mold photos, or it may be in an out-of-the-way area and cover such a small area that you have to look closely to find it. However, if you have leaky pipes or damp basements or signs of water damage, you should perform a thorough inspection.
If you find mold that does not resemble the mold in these black mold photos, that does not necessary mean you don’t need to worry. You may have a common type of household mold that will respond easily to commercial disinfectants available at any grocery or department store. However, you may have some other type of toxic mold that can be nearly as harmful to your health and nearly as difficult to rid your home of as the black mold shown in these black mold pictures. It’s really hard to make an accurate diagnosis yourself based on a few pictures.
If you find anything like the mold in these black mold pictures, we suggest you call in a professional to confirm whether or not you are dealing with Stachybotrys chartarum. If you are, a qualified professional can go on to handle the cleanup for you. Some people prefer to try to clean up black mold themselves to save money, but we really don’t recommend that since it’s so important to get the job done right. However, a professional will usually offer a free inspection and give you an estimate of the cost to have the job professionally done. He or she can let you know about the advantages and disadvantages of tackling the job yourself, too. Just follow this link to find a qualified Mold Removal Professional in your area.
The most important thing is that you take prompt action if you find mold like that in these black mold photos anywhere in your home, because the impact on your health and the health of your family, especially young children or elderly family members, can be quite serious.