Black Mold: Tenacious and Toxic

Black mold presents particular difficulties in removal. It gets into some crazy places where it is hard to reach. Tenacious and toxic, however, if you have black mold, it needs to go.

Where Can Black Mold Be Found?

Black mold is great at getting into nooks and crannies, behind baseboards, under carpets, in flower pots and even inside drywall. Anything that is both damp and porous can harbor black mold.

Three Strategies for Removing Black Mold

First, eliminate the source of the problem: Moisture

Wherever the water is coming from that allowed the black mold to grow must be found and repaired. This, by itself, won’t kill the mold, but it is necessary for preventing it from recurring later. Remember, mold spores are everywhere, just looking for a comfortable place to grow.

Check outside for any places water could be coming in from outside. Inspect pipes and appliance connections. If there are no leaks, check your humidity and think about getting a humidifier if the moisture level in your home is too high. Everything has to be dry and stay dry to get rid of black mold.

Second: Clean thoroughly

Hard surfaces can be cleaned of mold, but any porous materials that have been infiltrated must be removed and replaced–they cannot truly be cleaned. This includes carpet, flooring, insulation, and drywall. No matter how clean you think they are, there are still mold spores lurking, just waiting for a humid day or a drip to set them growing again.

Bleach can work on surfaces like tile, but even though mold disappears when you spray it on porous materials, it is not gone. It is hiding. It will come back and quickly.

Third: repair and replace

Rather than just replacing the damaged materials you removed in the previous step with similar materials, consider replacing it with mold-resistant products. Drywall, wood studs and insulation all now come in moisture- and mold-resistant varieties. The same holds true for carpets, stucco, paint and even caulk. You should also consider applying mold inhibiting chemicals on a regular basis for those seemingly hard to cure areas.

Black mold is toxic to homeowners who live with it and the workers who remove it, both of whom are exposed to it daily. Professional mold removal technicians have the safety equipment and training necessary to protect themselves, but you probably do not. Let a professional company like Seacliff remove black mold from your home.