Did you know that colors of mold come in just about every shade of the rainbow? While black and white molds are quite common, you can also find mold in green, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and other hues as well. Here at MoldGone, we constantly get questions about what color of mold is dangerous, but the truth is you can’t tell by color alone. Here are some facts about mold colors you probably didn’t know.
Five Facts About the Colors of Mold
1: Mold color does not tell you what type of mold you have, or how toxic it is.
Although you’d think that the color of mold would help you determine which type it is, unfortunately, it does not. The best way to assess mold is through its structure, as well as its shape and size. A lot of factors can affect the color of mold as it grows, including light exposure, food source (yes, even mold has to eat!), and even the area where you live.
2: Mold color can change over time.
Say you spot some white fuzzy spots around a water damaged window. After a few days, the mold suddenly appears yellow. As time goes on, it turns green and then black. The mold itself does not change, but its color does. Because environmental factors can change the color of mold over time, it’s hard to identify the type of mold by its color alone.
3: Black mold is not really black.
Another question we frequently hear is, “What color is black mold?” While you’d think the easy answer would be that it’s black, that’s not the case. Toxic black mold, including Stachybotrys chartarum—the most infamous type of black mold—can be more of a greenish-black than a full-on black. It’s also found in shades of brown and grey.
4: White mold is not always mildew.
Many times, people see white spots on their bathroom ceiling or basement wall and automatically shrug them off as mildew. However, mildew is a type of mold, and if you don’t want it to become a bigger problem, you should treat it quickly. Also, most molds appear white when they first start to grow, so white spots can be the sign of new mold just starting to appear.
5: Mold remediation is the same no matter what colors of mold you have.
Molds of all colors can be effectively and safely removed using our patented dry-fog remediation process. This two-step process uses a disinfectant and an antimicrobial solution to remove mold. It requires minimal demolition and takes much less time than traditional mold removal treatments.
Get Rid of Mold of Any Color!
Regardless of what colors of mold you have in your home, mold is mold and needs removal before it becomes a larger problem. If you’re concerned about mold in your Maricopa County home, give MoldGone a call at 480-418-7228 today to schedule a free informal inspection.
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