What is the Difference Between Black & Regular Mold

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Mold is a common household problem that many homeowners have to deal with. A house with high levels of moisture, or that experiences leaks, is a prime candidate for mold growth. There are different colors and types of mold that can occupy your home and it’s important to know about them.

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Different Types of Mold
There are many different types of mold that exist in the environment, but there are four main types that grow mainly indoors. Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Penicillium are species of mold commonly found around homes and should be dealt with immediately. No matter the type, or color, any species of mold can produce mycotoxins which are hazardous to your health.

Is Black Mold the Deadliest?
Black mold has the worst rap of any species because it is commonly associated with the production of mycotoxins. Black mold will normally produce these poisonous toxins, but there is no guarantee that it will always do so. However, mold can exist without being seen because of the microscopic size of the spores. Once a cluster of mold is visible, removal should follow as quickly as possible whether or not mycotoxins are present.

Fixing the Problem
Now that mold is visible in your home, all measures should be taken to stop its growth. Start by dehumidifying your home to remove moisture from the air. You should also look for any leaks and plan to remove any water damaged portions of the house. Without a moist environment, mold can not grow nor survive. No matter the type, or toxicity level, all mold should be dealt with in the same way.

Unfortunately, it can grow wherever moisture is present, including your air ducts. Don’t continue to breathe in harmful spores, instead contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston for removal. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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