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Our Mold Removal Services Case Studies: Visible Mold Found in Spring Lake, New Jersey

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Tom Witkowski


There are many varieties of mold that can grow indoors. Mold, which is a living, breathing fungus, can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. When homeowners think of mold, especially because of all the publicity about toxic black mold, many have a preconception of what mold should look like — a black, velvety fuzzy coating. Unfortunately, the reality is that with the thousands upon thousands of types and species of mold, there is no uniformity of appearance. Mold exists in practically every color we can see in the visible spectrum of light, from the whitest white to the blackest black. Mold can also come in brown, tan, green, red, orange, yellow, and even blue! Those blue veins in blue cheese, gorgonzola, and roquefort, which is actually named after a mold, isn’t from food dye! Certain blue molds, like Penicillim Roqueforti and Penicillim Claucum, are deliberately introduced into some cheeses to give them their particular flavor.

And it’s not just the range of colors. Mold can have distinctive textures and profiles. Some are flat-looking while others appear to have hairs or a bumpy appearance to them. While some molds are loud and proud, others are subtle that blend into the color and texture of the building materials on which it is growing. These are the molds that can be tough to spot with just a cursory visual inspection. You have to bring out a good flashlight and know how to properly use it. Also, it helps to know the possible appearances of mold growths are out there, so you can identify it when you see it. This is the value of having an experienced mold inspector check your house, especially when you can smell the mold, but are having a difficult time finding it.


Make no mistake about it, locating mold can sometimes be tricky business. Case in point. Here are two pictures of two different walls in a home that I had recently inspected. In each one, the picture was taken in natural light. You can’t see any mold at all. Then I used a bright LED flashlight to shed some light on the problem, literally. Now, you can see the mold clear as day. This is what a good inspection is all about. You can’t just wander around looking at the walls. You’ll never see certain molds because their color and texture act as camouflage. However, once you angle your light down the wall, as we say here in New Jersey, bada bing bada boom, there it is. Also, as the picture shows, you can't see the mold on the furniture and customers belongings, until you shine light on it.

The lesson is that there is a huge difference between finding obvious black mold that stands out like a sore thumb and finding subtle mold. To find those molds that don’t scream out that they are there, you must be thorough, and take the time to carefully and methodically inspect all of the surface areas with a flashlight.

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