How to Properly Remove Black Mold From Your Home

How to Properly Remove

A natural first reaction to mold in our homes is to remove it, however, if you detect toxic black mold in your home do not go near it. When black mold is disturbed it can release a lot of mycotoxins in the air, which will pollute your house—and subsequently your health.

Upon detecting black mold in your house, you should consult with our toxic mold removal experts at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration. Our experienced team at Octagon know how to properly remove toxic black mold and the correct procedures that are needed to contain the spores and mycotoxins throughout treatment.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, also known as the IICRC, there are proper mold remediation procedures to follow, which our specialists at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration adhere to when treating all client homes for mold.

If you are uncertain that your home has black mold, follow the procedures below to ensure the overall safety for you and your family:

Understanding Different Color Molds

Before panicking at the sight of mold in your home, you should first understand the inherent differences between the various types of mold that exist. According to safebee.com, there are a wide variety of color molds that could crop inside or outside of your home including, green, olive green, brown, blue, white, yellow, pink, and greenish black. All of these color molds are mutually exclusive to one another and have unique health repercussions upon exposure.

For instance, green mold is the broadest kind of mold that exists—there are over a thousand species of green mold. Olive green, grey, and brown molds are common molds in the Cladosporium genus that when found outdoors are known to lurk on plant leaves and when found indoors is likely to be on walls and insulation, which can lead to sinus infections.

Pink “mold” is often found in bathrooms. Pink “mold” is actually a bacteria, also known as Serratia Marcescens. This pink bacteria has been linked to urinary tract infections and respiratory infections. The infamous black mold of the Stachybotrys genus is a greenish black color, which is also known as toxic black mold. Black mold is the most dangerous of all the molds and grows where there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, and flooding. Black mold is known to cause neurological damage as well as bleeding of the lungs. It is vital to take immediate action if it is spotted in your home.

Signs of Black Mold

Some of the most popular signs of black mold in your home can create critical health symptoms such as breathing problems, eye inflammation, fatigue, neurological complications, and circulatory irregularity. If you are experiencing these symptoms and suspect there may be toxic black mold in your home, you should have your home tested immediately. Once you are removed from the black mold your symptoms will begin to decrease.

Have the Black Mold Tested

If you suspect that your home has black mold, do not hesitate—take immediate action. Have our professionals from Octagon Cleaning & Restoration test your home for toxic black mold. We will promptly collect and analyze mold samples and be quick to let you know the results.

Be Quick to Treat Black Mold

As soon as you have confirmed you have toxic black mold in your home, your next step is to treat the mold immediately. Our professionals at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration will work hard to get rid of the toxic mold as soon as possible.

Relocate

Our team at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration recommend that you temporarily relocate if your home has toxic black mold. The longer you are exposed to black mold, the worse your health will become. You should only return to your home once a mold removal professional has completely removed the toxic black mold. It will also be in your best interests to treat your personal belongings like clothes and linens for mold exposure. The IICRC suggest that any garment or fabric that has been exposed to mold should be dry cleaned once or twice by a qualified professional cleaning company.

If you suspect that your home might have toxic black mold, reach out to our mold removing specialists at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration. Our team strives to produce results you can trust. Contact our team at 1-207-893-0002!