Did you spot what appears to be black mold growing in your home, but you are not a hundred percent sure? The good news is, not all black mold are toxic! However, the best way to find out exactly what kind of mold you have would be to reach out to a mold remediation service provider.
Through a professional mold remediation company, they can provide a mold testing service to ascertain whether the black mold is toxic or not. Some mold testing services include the following:
- Inspection Service
- Indoor Air Quality Testing
- Laboratory Testing Service
- Mold Assessment
The company will send an expert to inspect your situation, collect a physical sample before having it tested in the laboratory. Understanding the exact type of mold you are dealing with helps in planning a safe way for mold removal.
What is Black Mold?
There are two types of black molds, one is a black colored mold that contains black pigment by nature. The other type of black mold is known as Stachybotrys chartarum which looks to be dark black or even dark green sometimes. It is highly toxic and can be dangerous to human health when it is inhaled or ingested.
What Causes Black Toxic Mold to Grow?
Black toxic mold is commonly found in the attic. For it to grow, it needs constant exposure to moisture for over 72 hours. Below are some examples of reasons why you may have black toxic mold growing:
- Poor ventilation system set-up which directs your bathroom exhaust fan into the attic instead of outside your house
- Floods or leaks which have been left stagnant over an extended period
- Blocked attic vents
How to Get Rid of Black Toxic Mold
If laboratory results indicate that you indeed have black toxic mold growth in your home, it is highly recommended to rely on a professional mold remediation service provider to have it removed safely. While you may be tempted in trying out DIY mold removal techniques available via online tutorial videos, you may not be well-equipped to do so.
During the mold removal process, mold spores become airborne. If you do not have the proper containment equipment or protective gear, you may endanger not only yourself but your family and pets.
Why Work with Iris Environmental Laboratories?
Having provided professional mold analytical services and inspections since the year 2000, Iris Environmental Laboratories is well-equipped with the knowledge, tools, and expertise to assist you. AS a nationally accredited company, our team of highly trained field experts are at your service.
When it comes to mold outbreak, we understand that time is of the essence and cost may be a concern. Which is why, we provide fast turnaround time at some of the most competitive rates available in the neighborhood.
If you would like more information, visit our frequently asked questions page for some basic knowledge on mold. If you would like to speak to one of our consultants, call us at 1800-908-6679 or fill up our online form and we will contact you as soon as possible.