As a homeowner, some problems are top of mind: a leaky roof, a broken window, your flooding basement, or the presence of mold. However, chronic problems sneak up on homeowners. Homeowners are often distracted by bigger more obvious issues at hand. So naturally, we don’t consider ongoing or chronic situations with the same urgency as we give “in your face” problems. Mold issues may not be black or white. Choosing to focus on obvious black mold while ignoring chronic white mold poses real problems. Black mold proves easy to see with the naked eye. Chronic white mold often requires special lighting to be detected.
How do black mold and white mold issues differ?
Black mold issues generally occur in moist situations. Water wets organic material in our home and then, mold grows and spreads on these wet materials. We easily see when drywall or flooring is wet, just as we can easily see the resulting dark-colored black mold. Since the homeowner easily sees the issue, they typically leap into action and work to fix the problem right away. On the other hand, white mold issues generally occur when high humidity keeps an area just damp enough to enable mold to colonize certain materials in that zone of the house. That area stays humid during the same seasons year after year. Small spots of white mold spread and merge to create a mold “forest.” In this situation, it’s more difficult to see when an area is moist.