As licensed mold inspectors for New York State, we come across a lot of mold and uneducated homeowners in residential homes and commercial buildings all over the Albany and Adirondacks area. To set the record straight, we’ve compiled some of the top mold questions we get everyday and our answers to keep our customers informed!
Frequently Asked Questions About Mold & Mold Remediation
What are the different types of indoor mold?
Here’s a fact that might scare you: there are over 100,000 species of mold. The most common types of indoor mold for residential homes and commercial businesses are cladosporium (dark pigment, with a velvety or powdery texture), penicillium (blue-green to white, with a velvety or powdery texture), alternaria (dark grey, brown, black with a velvety texture) and aspergillus (black on the surface and usually white-ish or yellow underneath)
What is Black Mold?
There’s actually not one single type of black mold–many different species of mold appear black, but when people refer to “black mold,” they are normally referring to a strain of mold called Stachybotrys chartarum.
Often referred to as “toxic mold,” most people believe that black mold is the most dangerous because it releases mycotoxins, when it’s not. In fact, all molds are capable of producing mycotoxins, so any type of indoor mold can be dangerous to your health.
Can mold affect your health?
Most molds do not cause harm to healthy people, but if your household includes pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, or people with immunocompromising diseases or respiratory disorders like asthma and allergies, then their bodies may be more sensitive and may experience:
- skin rash
- running nose
- eye irritation
- nasal congestion
- aggravation of asthma
How can I reduce mold in my house?
Most mold problems result from excess moisture in your home. Simple fixes include repairing any leaky plumbing fixtures or part of your roof, installing exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, and keeping windows and doors open to increase air flow. Preventative fixes include encapsulating your crawl space to limit moisture from the ground up and installing an air exchange system to keep dry air moving throughout your home.
Can I paint over mold?
Think you’ll just paint or caulk over the mold you’ll be free of it? Think again. You can’t get rid of mold simply by painting over it. If you do, the mold will continue to grow under the paint and the paint will soon peel and reveal the mold again.
Why do I need a mold inspector?
It’s the law! Before mold remediation can begin in New York State, you’re legally required to have a mold assessment conducted by a licensed mold assessor (like us!). When we work with clients, we like to make the mold testing and remediation process as easy as possible. We partner with the most dependable mold removal companies in the area, so we know who to contact once you get your results.
Does Your Home Need Mold Remediation? Make Sure it Gets Inspected First!
Due to the humid climate of Upstate New York, residential and commercial buildings in the Capital District and Adirondacks region in cities like Albany, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Queensbury, Lake George, and Plattsburgh are especially at risk for mold exposure. If you’re ready to start mold remediation, contact our NYS licensed mold assessors to schedule your mold inspection and testing today!