Over 50% of homes have mold in their attics. If you have the right information on how to remove it, you can avoid spending thousands of extra dollars in repair costs or losing out on being able to sell your home.
I want to tell you a story about a recent customer of ours. Her name is Shannon. She’s from Lenexa, Kansas.
Unfortunately, Shannon’s story is similar to that of the other 50% of homeowners who have mold in their attics. And of course, like many other homeowners, Shannon discovered her mold problems at the worst possible time–while trying to sell her home.
“I was trying to sell my home but then we found mold during the inspection”, Shannon recalled. “Once I learned I had attic mold, one of my immediate concerns was what kind of mold was it. Was it black mold? Or another kind?”
Most homeowners share a single concern the first time they deal with their mold problem.
What about Toxic Mold?
Homeowners generally want to know if they have black mold because they want to know if the mold is toxic and affecting their health. Most of the general public associates black mold with toxic mold. The truth? The color of the mold as seen by the naked eye cannot tell you whether it’s toxic or not.
Toxic mold can come in many colors (not just black), and ironically, black mold isn’t always toxic either.
Further, certain conditions–many of which are not fully understood yet–must be met for the toxins to be produced.
With over 100,000 species, mold comes in about any size, shape, and color you can think of, making it virtually impossible to tell what type of mold you have without a microscope and lab testing. Mold that is black (or any other color for that matter) could be any any number of these 100,000 species but there is no “black mold” species.
But the good news is that the type or color of the mold you have is pretty much irrelevant. Why? Because all visible mold regardless of the color, type, species etc should be approached in the same manner.
The approach is simple: if you see visible mold, it should be removed. The proper steps to remove visible mold are the same regardless of the color, type, species, etc. So yes, you (or really a trained professional) should follow the same steps to remove attic black mold (even if it’s toxic) that you would if the mold were any other color.
Who is Moldman?
In our experience, 95% of all mold problems in attics go completely unnoticed for a long time because most people seldom spend any time in their attic.
The attic mold might be discovered during a home inspection or by the homeowner who is not even selling their home but notices it one day after going into the attic for the first time in many months or even years.
That’s why it’s so important to be proactive. You have to check your attic for mold periodically, then fix the problem in the early stages when it’s far easier and lighter on your wallet.