Black mold spores are quite tiny, with their size ranging from 2 to 100 microns. To put this into perspective, the average human hair is about 70 microns wide. This means some mold spores can be smaller than a human hair, making them hard to see without magnification.
Mycotoxins are toxic compounds produced by certain types of mold. They can sometimes be present in pantry foods like cereals, dried fruits, nuts, and spices. Ingesting foods contaminated with mycotoxins can be harmful to health, which is why it’s important to store foods properly and check for signs of spoilage.
Yes, some natural remedies have antifungal properties that can combat black mold. Tea tree oil and vinegar, for instance, are known for their ability to fight mold. However, while these can be effective for small areas, professional remediation is recommended for larger mold infestations to ensure complete and safe removal.
Black mold thrives in damp, porous environments. This includes areas with high humidity, leaks, or water damage. Materials like drywall, wood, and carpet, which can absorb moisture, are particularly susceptible to black mold growth.
Black mold can often be detected visually or by smell. It usually appears as dark, fuzzy patches in damp areas and may have a musty, earthy odor. For more precise identification, especially in cases where mold is not visibly apparent, mold test kits are available that can confirm the presence of black mold spores in the environment.
Unfortunately, a severe flooding or water invasion event can cause damage to personal items and possessions.
What we always say to our clients is to talk to us about it. We can often help to recover precious personal belongings. They may need a cleanup.
In particular, it is important to protect and dry out books properly. Absorbed water can cause yellowing of pages and mold. We offer a complete mold removal and mold remediation service when you are concerned about mold growth.