Most of us have heard about mold and are aware that there are potential health hazards associated with having a mold infestation in your home. One of the most common statements we hear when talking to customers is that they have “toxic black mold” and need it removed. While black mold is not good and certainly needs to be removed, the fact that it is black has little to do with the toxicity of the mold and more to do with the age of the mold. When mold grows, it is initially green and over time will turn black. There are many different types of mold that will grow in a home and a handful pose serious health concerns when exposed to humans, but the color has little to do with that. Once you have discovered mold you should attempt to determine how it grew. Mold growth is caused by moisture, so if you see it under a sink, around a toilet or near a window, it is important to determine what is feeding the mold so that once it is removed it does not grow back. If you can perform some trouble shooting yourself by checking for plumbing or rain water leaks that is a good place to start. If you are unable to determine where the moisture is coming from then you may need to contact a plumber or contractor. After you have determined what is causing the mold to grow and stopped the source, you should contact a mold remediation company. These are companies that specialize in safely removing mold without spreading throughout the rest of you home. They will also dry any materials that are wet to prevent the mold from returning. Most reputable mold remediation companies will provide a free initial inspection and estimate. Mold can be an alarming discovery inside your home, but if you follow these steps you can prevent it from reoccurring and have it safely removed from your home. If you think you might have water or mold damage in your home Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Elite For a FREE Estimate (916) 245-8862