What is Black Mold?
When people call the Mold Men of Pittsburgh they usually have a mold problem. The first thing they say is, “We have black mold”, This is a common misconception. Black mold is probably the most misunderstood thing in the mold industry. There are thousands of mold species and most of them are harmless to humans. Some however, are very toxic and need to be dealt with in a special manner!
Mold comes in almost every color you can think of. The term “Black Mold” is not a term that industry professionals use to determine its toxicity. Any color of mold can be toxic, but to be fair, some of the most toxic types of mold are black in color.
Since there are over 235,000 species of mold known to man and the predominant color is black, it is easy to see where the term came from! But not all black mold is toxic either.
How To Determine If Black Mold is Toxic
It’s impossible to tell if black mold is toxic without proper testing. Most store bought testing kits only tell you if there is high concentrations of organic matter. The organic compounds it finds may or may not be mold, It could just as easily be dirt or some other organic compound. It’s like a store bought pregnancy test, It may tell you that you’re pregnant but it can’t say whether it’s a boy or a girl. Only a doctor can do that!
The only way to get the definitive truth is through laboratory testing! Just like a doctor, they examine the sample and break down its individual components. The end result is a detailed report of the exact type and toxicity of the mold. All mold is different and needs to be remediated differently, that is why the Mold Men of Pittsburgh offers pre-diagnostic testing. Any true mold remediation company will recommend laboratory testing. It gives them the exact count, toxicity and species of mold so they can deal with properly.
Toxic Black Mold
You are more likely to have toxic mold that is not “black” than you are to have toxic mold that is “black”. This is because there are so many colors of mold ranging from green, yellow, white, black and everything in between. The chances are that if you see mold growing in your home, no matter the color it may be toxic. The reason for this is because most toxic mold tends to be of the wet mold variety. Wet mold is a term used to describe mold that grows in and on water damaged or wet building materials. It’s not always toxic, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Black mold, green mold, white mold or any other color can be deadly! removing it properly and safely is our job. Call the Mold Men of Pittsburgh to remove that nasty Black Mold from your home, even if it’s not technically “Black mold”.
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