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What Is Black Mold & Is It Dangerous?

You may have heard the terms “deadly black mold” or “toxic black mold” but the naming is more sinister than the reality. The association stems from a CDC study in 1995 suggesting a link between black mold and a deadly condition called Acute Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemorrhage (AIPH). 

However, the CDC retracted this particular finding two years later in a follow-up study. Nevertheless, if someone is exposed to a large amount of black mold over time and they are particularly susceptible, it may be lethal. 

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Black Mold Exposure & Toxicity Symptoms

There are health risks associated with exposure to black mold, and knowing what to look for can help you avoid the worst of them.

For some people, exposure to black mold can lead to health issues like coughing, coughs, wheezing, burning eyes, itchy skin, and even more serious illnesses.

The most sensitive to exposure can suffer long-term health problems including psychiatric issues, joint pain, chronic asthma, and migraines.

Because of the potential for health issues, it is important to remove black mold as soon as you become aware that it is growing in your home. 

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Mildew Vs. Mold: What’s The Difference? 

You usually hear the terms mold and mildew together when trying to identify mold vs mildew as though they are the same thing. It is more accurate to wonder if mildew is mold and describe mildew as a type of mold. 

While both are fungi that thrive in wet conditions, they differ markedly in appearance and in how they spread. Both mold and mildew can cause harmful health effects, especially to young children, older adults, and those with existing respiratory illnesses. 

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Toxic Mold Vs. Black Mold

Mold can become toxic or especially dangerous when exposure leads to severe asthma attacks, or the person has severe underlying health conditions. As such, all molds can potentially be toxic if the exposed individual has a mold sensitivity, regardless of the mold’s color. 

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How To Get Rid Of Black Mold

When removing black mold, it’s important to be extra careful and to wear protective gear, especially if are allergic to mold. To remove black mold, you must first identify the source of the moisture. Then, like any other kind of mold, you’ll need to clean the affected surfaces with a cleaner like vinegar or baking soda. However, if your home or business has suffered a major water leak, your best bet is to call a professional mold restoration company like HRS.

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How To Get Of Mold Smell

If you have ever had a flood or water main break in your basement, you’ve certainly encountered the strong, musty, earthy smell of mold.  So once you smell it, how to get rid of mold smell in a house?

Read our Blog on how to get rid of the smell of mold here.

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How To Get Rid Of Mold On Walls

If you have visible water stains on your wall, there is likely mold behind and inside the drywall. 

Water stains are yellow or brown in color and may sometimes be damp to the touch. Another sign of mold on walls is when the paint is discolored in a particular spot. 

Mold is strong enough to compromise the structure of your walls and they may look and feel warped and contain indentations or bulges. 

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How To Get Rid Of Mold

In many cases, removing mold is as simple as cleaning the affected surfaces with natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, and tea tree oil. However,  if your house suffers a major water leak, your best bet is to call a professional mold restoration company like HRS.

The certified mold inspects at HRS can not only identify the exact cause of your mold infestation but also restore all affected surfaces to their pre-damaged state.

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What Is A Mold Inspection?

When you discover mold has infected your home or property after a water intrusion, it is vital that you contact a professional mold inspector to complete an investigation and determine where the mold is growing, where water is invading your space, how big the infestation is, and how much damage has been done.

A mold inspector does the initial review of a mold infestation. A mold inspection works to determine exactly where moisture is happening that allows mold to thrive.

Using professional tools such as thermal cameras and moisture meters, the certified mold inspectors at HRS can identify the exact cause of a mold infestation, and determine the damage that it has caused.

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Signs Of Black Mold

Early signs of black mold include wallpaper that’s peeling, an air conditioning or heating unit that smells weird, dark grout between tiles, warping drywall, and more.

At HRS, our removal professionals can identify the cause and clean the mold to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones.

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What Does Mold Look Like?

Mold is identifiable most often via the wet, musty smell that the spores emit. It can vary in color and texture, but most often appears as a spread of fungus.

To avoid the worst of the consequences of mold exposure, it is best to contact professional mold restoration and mitigation services like those offered at HRS in Phoenix and Denver. 

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What Does Black Mold Look Like?

Black mold can look like a greenish-black mold. When wet, the mold looks greenish-black and slimy, but can also look black and soot-like.

If there is water damage to drywall, wood materials, carpet, or wallpaper, there is a high probability that mold and even toxic black mold is present. 

Identifying black mold or the type of mold that is growing in your home, where it is hiding, and working to mitigate and restore the damage that it causes is vital to protecting the health of those who live and work in your home.

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Is Black Mold Dangerous?

Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is a term used for one of the types of mold that can grow in a home after a water intrusion. 

It is typically black or dark grey in color and smells wet and musty. It is usually found growing in areas of a home with a lot of moisture, darkness, and humidity. 

Those who live or work in a home that has been affected by black mold also might notice a burning or scratching sensation in their throat or lungs. 

Contact us as soon as mold is discovered, and our team will get started right away on working to ensure that any damage to your property or health will be limited to as little as possible.

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Does Mold Spread?

Does mold travel through the air? The answer is yes, it does. In fact, mold, like most other fungi, can spread through not only air but in water and on people and animals.

According to a report from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), “Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. They reproduce by spores – tiny, lightweight “seeds”- that travel through the air.”

Reaching out to the certified professional mold removal, remediation, and restoration team at HRS in Phoenix and Denver helps you stop mold from growing and decrease the chance that those who live and work in your infected space will suffer long term health issues.

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How Fast Does Mold Grow?

After a water breach, mold can grow in just 24 hours after spores attach to a moisture source. Once this happens, the spores begin to spread and create a colony. Colonies can expand as much as one square inch per day, covering a square foot in a short time.

Contacting a professional mold remediation service, like HRS in Phoenix and Denver, can help you remove and clean mold quickly. This is essential to protecting the health and safety of those on your property.

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What Is Mold Remediation?

Mold remediation is the process by which mold is identified, tested, dried, cleaned and the surfaces where it spread are disinfected.

Mold remediation professionals, like the team of certified technicians at HRS, follow strict guidelines and procedures that ensure that all mold in an area is found and steps are taken to ensure that mold will not return after remediation.

The extent of the remediation may vary based on the results of the inspection conducted by certified technicians, but stopping the growth and removing the remaining colonies is essential to protecting the health and safety of those who live and work in your space.

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What Is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that thrives in moist or damp conditions. It produces spores that come into a space via air or another transfer. The spores attach to moist or wet items and begin to grow.

It can occur indoors and outdoors and enter your home through open doors and heating and air conditioning vents. It can even be carried into your space by pets, on clothes and shoes.

Mold thrives in wet or damp conditions, making a property that has a leak, recent water damage, or flooding, especially at risk for mold growth.

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Mold Exposure & Toxicity Symptoms

Water damage in your home can not only leave you with structural damage and lost personal items, but you may also begin to experience symptoms of mold sickness.

Mold can cause upper respiratory issues, sneezing, stuffy nose, irritated eyes, dry skin, and in more extreme cases, bleeding lungs. These issues can abate after a few days away from mold exposure for some, but others may suffer long-term health issues for weeks or months.

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How Long Does It Take To Dry Out Water Damage?

Drying your house after a flood or other major water damage event is essential for avoiding mold. But how long does it take to dry out water damage? The short answer is that it depends. 

Drying out a home after water damage depends on several factors including the extent of the water intrusion, the size of the area affected, and the equipment used to help the drying process.

As certified water mitigation and remediation specialists in Phoenix and Denver, HRS technicians are professionals at speeding the drying process. This leaves your property healthier and cleaner than when moisture is allowed to remain after a water intrusion.

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What Is Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation is the process by which we remove any standing water or moisture that remains in your space. Water restoration, on the other hand, happens as soon as the drying process is complete and we are able to return your property to its pre-damage condition. 

The powerful combination of our certified, highly-trained mitigation team and experienced restoration professionals leaves you feeling relieved and able to return to normal use of your property when the mitigation and restoration process is complete.

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what is iicrc and Why is it important?

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Formed nearly 40 years ago, it is a non-profit organization that establishes globally recognized standards for the cleaning and restoration industry, as well as providing certifications, journeyman and master designation, and education.

By choosing a firm with IICRC certified team members, you are assured the cleaning professionals have undergone rigorous training and will handle your disaster restoration with the highest standard of care.


Helping Our Customers Immediately.

Figuring out what steps to take when disaster strikes can be a daunting task. HRS is here 24/7 to walk you through the process and bring your home or business back to habitable condition(s).

Taking care of emergencies so you don’t have to.

At HRS, we understand the panic that can set in when your basement floods or a fire breaks out at your business. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to repair damage and give you peace of mind.