Just the mention of it sends shivers down your spine. We receive numerous questions and inquiries about black mold that is seen in homes and other properties in the Nashville area. Below is some information about this type of mold for your reference.
What many call black mold is actually greenish-black in color and is formally known as Stachybotrys chartarum. This type of mold grows when moisture is present, which may have a variety of sources. Examples include water infiltration from a flood or leak, and even excessive humidity or condensation.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that people with allergies, immune system deficiencies, and lung disease are particularly at risk for fungal infections related to the presence of black mold. Some of the symptoms that can be related to black mold include:
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For many people, the only sign they have black mold is a moldy smell. Sometimes the mold is hidden inside cabinets or under furniture. The worst infestations, often occurring after flooding, are inside the walls.
If you are having problems with allergies, that is a signal to check for mold. Check around all pipes, near windows and doors, underneath house plants, anywhere moisture might collect. Keep these areas particularly clean. Black mold is often mistaken for simple dirt.
If your house has recently been flooded, or rain has entered through an open window or door, be especially vigilant.
There are many cleansers that will kill growing mold: bleach, borax, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil. If the mold is only on non-porous surfaces, even Dawn soap and water will get eliminate mold. However, it is worth having a professional test your home to determine whether there is a severe infestation or mold hidden inside walls or beneath floors. In these cases, professional help is required.
Mold grows on any organic material that is wet for more than 24 hours. Organic materials include wood, drywall, cloth, any porous building material. So, clean up any moisture as soon as you can. Do not allow water to stand on any porous material.
Be vigilant about leaks, especially leaky pipes or windows. Have these repaired as soon as possible. Be careful when watering plants or setting out water for pets. Clay saucers set on wood floors are excellent mold sites.
Naturally, if you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call at 615.832.5300. We are your partner in securing your family’s health by eliminating mold.
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2120 Utopia Ave.
Nashville, TN 37211