Here in Houston and our surrounding region, many homes are built upon a pier and beam foundation with a crawlspace beneath the structure. Any moisture lingering in the crawlspace can promote the growth of mold in the decking and flooring above, as we have seen many times. Recently, we restored the joists and other boards at the base of a house that had become moldy. The mold had spread to
What’s that smell? Sometimes mold can present an odor in a home or business that becomes obvious to occupants. At other times, though, mold grows without notice. We see all kinds of mold in our remediation work and want to share some of our expertise with this Mold in Focus blog. Stachybotrys • Stachybotrys chartarum (a.k.a. Stachybotrys atra) mold is greenish-black in color and is also referred to
We encounter mold in crawl spaces and attics quite often. Crawl spaces are often engineered or built incorrectly and, as a result, they do not breathe and remain damp, dank places. Also, attic decking become moldy when roofs leak. Mold growing in an attic or crawl space might be out of sight and out of mind, but it is spreading all the while. And, what grows in these areas won’
When it comes to major mold problems, you need to go well beyond do-it-yourself attempts. You need a team of licensed professionals. That’s us at Green Star Eco Services. There is an old saying that experts live and breathe their work. Well, if you have mold, then you might be literally breathing in spores from Stachybotrys, Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Alternaria or Pencillium. People’s sensitivity to different species of molds
Ever noticed that some mold looks like black speckles and other mold looks like greenish water stains? It’s not that the mold is in a different stage of growth. The appearance of mold varies by species. Which do we see in homes and businesses when we come in to remediate? There is the notorious black mold, also known as stachybotrys chartarum or stachybotrys atra. Another black mold is Cladosporium,
Do you smell something? If you detect a musty odor, a mold community is expanding in your home. Mold can take root anywhere there is organic matter, such as wood, and can manifest in new construction as well as old homes.