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Expert Tips for Identifying Toxic Black Mold in Your Springfield, NJ Home

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most pernicious threats to a home - and its occupants - is the possibility of mold growing on the site.  In particular, black mold is known to be toxic.  An infestation can spread quickly, creating a genuine danger to humans and pets.  In worst case scenarios, a home with an out-of-control mold problem could potentially even be condemned.  

You're most likely to see mold if you've experienced some sort of flooding or water damage event which was improperly cleaned up, but that isn't the only source.  Black mold can potentially start growing whenever there's a cool, damp place in your house for it to begin taking hold.  You should know the risk factors, and how to identify black mold if it ever begins to grow in your Springfield, NJ home.

How To Recognize If Your Springfield, NJ Home Has A Black Mold Problem

1 - Know where mold is likely to grow

Mold spores are all around us, all the time, but usually there's nowhere for them to settle down and start multiplying.  Mold can only grow under certain conditions, which are:

  • Damp
  • Dark (or at least away from sunlight)
  • Cool
  • Minimally ventilated 

So, you're much more at risk of getting mold in your basement than your living room, for example.  You should be aware of areas in your house which could potentially meet these conditions, and keep an eye on them.

2 - Visual identification

There are many different kinds of mold, and it takes expert testing to be certain of the species of any given mold outbreak.  However, black mold has some distinguishing characteristics.  First, of course, it's black - or extremely dark green.  It tends to grow in irregular blobby semi-circles, rather than in any sort of regular or geometric pattern.  Also, it is not fuzzy, like many molds, instead looking slick and gooey.

(Don't touch!  Just look.)

3 - Smell

Black mold tends to be among the more aromatic molds, with a very strong musty smell. (Think "old bookstore.")  This is a good thing, because it helps you identify hidden mold outbreaks!  If you smell something damp and musty, but can't find a source, you could easily have black mold in the walls.

If you think you have a mold problem in your house, it's important to seek expert help.  "DIY" solutions like bleach are rarely very effective at mold remediation.  SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton, is your Mercer County black mold experts.

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