If you are worried that you may have black mold in your home, it is natural that you may want to have your home checked right away. Many people can spot mold easily because it grows in moist or damp areas in your home. You may even be able to smell it.

Why Should I Worry About Black Mold?

Black mold is one of the thousands of types of mold in the environment. Black mold can grow in your home wherever you have paper or wood products, as well as drywall. You have to have moisture in your home to have mold.

For people who are allergic to mold or who have asthma, black mold can be dangerous or even deadly. Mold releases chemicals as well as spores into the air. The spores act very much like seeds do in plants. Spores allow the mold to spread and create new mold colonies in your home. People with allergies or asthma have an overactive immune system that reacts to environmental triggers such as mold. They can develop headaches, runny noses, congestion, itchy eyes, eczema, and difficulty breathing. Mold spores can cause people who are allergic to have asthma attacks, bronchitis, sinus infections, and even pneumonia. Eliminating mold in your home must be a top priority.

How Can I Spot Black Mold?

Black mold may look black or green. You can look for it in places where you may have standing water or dampness. If you have had a recent flood, or you had water in your home because of a burst pipe, flooding, or water to fight a fire, you have a chance of finding black mold.

Black mold can grow anywhere there is moisture, such as inside your walls and crawl spaces, under cabinets and baseboards, and in basements.

Does Black Mold Have A Smell?

All molds have a smell because they release spores and mVOCs, or microbial volatile organic compounds, into the air. Many people who have been exposed to black mold say that it smells musty or earthy. You may smell rotting plants or vegetables when mold is present. Some people think that mold smells like flowers that have been left in a vase too long. Once you have smelled mold, it is difficult to forget it.

If I Smell Mold, What Should I Do?

If you think you have mold, you may want to investigate your home and see if you can spot where mold may be growing. However, if you or a family member has allergies, you may not want to do that investigation yourself, especially after a flooded basement. You can call a company to come out and do a mold inspection. Top to Bottom Renovation can conduct a mold inspection for you. We can check out all of the areas in your home you might not be able to see or reach, such as attics and crawlspaces. We can test your home for mold, get rid of the mold, and then retest your home to make sure we eliminated all the mold so that your family is safe. Give us a call today to get started.

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