Black Mold Inspection

You need to perform a black mold inspection of your home if you think you may have a mold problem. Identifying black mold once you find it is not that difficult, but finding it can be tricky.

Conducting Your Mold Inspection

Look for mold in all of the following areas:

  • Areas that have a lot of moisture or dampness, like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and crawl spaces.
  • The grout between your bathroom tiles.
  • Above any ceiling tiles that have water stains, or in the attic above any spots in the ceiling that have water stains.
  • Above any ceiling tiles or in the attic above any areas where the roof leaks.
  • Around any leaky pipes or behind and around any leaky toilets.
  • In any areas that have a musty smell or smell of mildew.
  • Any areas that have been subjected to flooding.
  • Under carpets that have gotten wet and stayed wet for even a short while.
  • Any cardboard boxes or stacks of papers that have gotten wet and stayed wet for a while.

You may also need to remove drywall to look behind it if walls have water stains or paint is cracked and peeling.

If you find yourself identifying black mold in any of the above areas, or anywhere else in your home, you’ll then need to check the entire house because mold spores spread easily.

If you suspect you have a black mold problem in your home but have trouble locating the source of the problem, you can call in a professional to assist you. Professionals will find any black mold in your home.

Black Mold Inspection

Identifying Black Mold

Black mold is typically black, as the name suggests. It also typically has a slimy appearance. The mold commonly referred to as black mold is a specific species of mold, though, technically known as Stachybotrys chartarum. Other types of mold are also black in color as well, and of course when performing your black mold inspection, you may come across many other kinds of mold in addition to Stachybotrys chartarum.

While black mold may be the most hazardous to your health, other types of mold can cause health problems as well. Basing your identification of the type of mold in your home on any health symptoms you have been experiencing is not a very accurate way of identifying black mold, since many types of mold may cause similar symptoms. It’s just that the symptoms from exposure to black mold are often more severe than symptoms of exposure to other types of mold. If you have trouble identifying black mold as compared to other types of mold, can always call in a professional to help you.

Getting a Professional Black Mold Inspection

You can call in an expert in identifying and cleaning up toxic mold to help you determine whether or not black mold is a problem in your home. We’ve assembled a list of Local Qualified Professionals that offer a free black mold inspection and, if they do find any toxic mold, they’ll advise you about the best way to take care of it and give you a free estimate for the cost of a professional cleanup.

We do recommend you get professional assistance cleaning up any black mold you find in your home because if you miss even a small spot of black mold, it can grow back and your symptoms of exposure will return. You can locate a Qualified Professional in your area that specializes in identifying and cleaning up black mold by clicking on the link. It is a specialized skill, so don’t just call in a cleaning service or someone that does not have special training in the job and some experience dealing with black mold.

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