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Can I Stay In My House With Black Mold?

Oct 15, 2022

When you discover black mold in your home, it can be scary. Not only does the presence of black mold indicate an indoor moisture problem somewhere, but it is also one of the most dangerous mold types in your home.

Black mold thrives in humid environments and can be especially damaging to humans if ingested. However, with the proper precautions and remediation techniques, you can restore your home to its former glory once again.

There are measures you can take if you suspect that there is a hidden source of moisture in your house. The following article will provide information on whether or not you can stay in your house with black mold, as well as ways to get rid of the black mold and prevent it from coming back.

Identifying the Type of Black Mold in Your House

To get rid of black mold in your home, you must first figure out what kind of black mold you have. Fortunately, most types of black mold are easy to identify based on their visible characteristics. Before getting up close with the mold, consider putting on a face mask and gloves first.


Also known as "black mold" or "toxic black mold," this type of black mold is the most dangerous and toxic type found in homes. It can cause various health issues such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, asthma, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures in high-risk individuals.

Although it is commonly found indoors and outdoors, Stachybotrys thrives in high-moisture environments such as bathrooms and areas with leaky pipes or roofs. You can identify this type of black mold by its black color, fuzzy texture, and strong, musty odor.


This black mold is commonly found in areas with high humidity levels, such as basements, attics, and crawlspaces. You can identify Aspergillus based on its black color and fuzzy texture.


This type of black mold is often found in outdoor areas and some contaminated indoor environments. Its black color and "mildewy" appearance can help you identify it.

Hidden Sources of Moisture in Your Home

If you have inspected and repaired your house for apparent leaks or drips and still find black mold growing, it's time to start looking for hidden sources of moisture. 

Start by inspecting the roof and checking for roof leaks. Check the roof inside the house if you cannot access it outside. You can also use a moisture meter to detect moisture problems in your attic. 

If you have a crawlspace in your house, it is crucial to inspect it for leaks and signs of water damage. You should also regularly inspect your basement for water and signs of water damage. 

Even if you do not see water damage, moisture can build up in your basement and attic, creating ideal conditions for black mold to grow.

Removing Black Mold From Your Home

If you discover that you have black mold growing in your house, your first step should be to remove it as soon as possible. Ideally, you should call a professional mold removal service, so you don't risk your health. 

If you decide to remove the black mold yourself, make sure that you wear protective gear such as gloves, respirator masks, and goggles.

Remember that ingestion of mold can be harmful to your health. It is recommended that you wear disposable respirator masks if you are removing black mold from walls. If the mold grows on hard surfaces such as walls or floors, you can use a fungicide to remove it. 

If you decide to take matters into your own hands, follow the instructions on the container of the mold remover you are going to use for safety. Or consult a professional before trying it out yourself! 

Repairing the Root Cause of the Problem

If you have identified the source of the moisture, you should try to repair it as soon as possible. However, if you do not identify the source of the moisture, it is recommended that you hire a professional to inspect your home and identify the source of the moisture.

If you have a roof leak, you should hire a roofing contractor to repair it as soon as possible. If you live in an area that gets frequent rain, you should regularly inspect your roof to look for leaks. If you find a leak in your plumbing, hire a professional plumber to repair it.

If you have a humidity problem due to improper ventilation, you may want to hire a contractor to increase the ventilation in your home. You can also try to reduce the humidity in your home by using a dehumidifier or installing a ventilation fan in your attic.

Should I Move Out if I Find Black Mold?

A few signs indicate that it might be time to move out of your house if you have black mold. If there is visible black mold in your home and you have had severe water leaks in the past, it may be time to move out.

If you suspect your house has black mold growing, you should contact a professional mold removal company to get rid of it. If you and your family are sleeping in the house currently, you should evacuate after finding the mold until it is removed.

If you are staying there temporarily and will be leaving with your belongings soon, staying there for a short time is okay if necessary. However, if you are staying there permanently or moving in soon, it's best to leave immediately.

Due to the dangers that black mold poses to humans, its wise to not get rid of it yourself.


When you discover black mold in your home, you must take action immediately. You can identify the type of black mold and take steps to remove it as well as repair the source of the moisture. You can also take steps to prevent black mold from growing in your home in the future.To ensure your family's health, working with a professional mold removal service is a great choice! Here at ZeroMold, we have helped thousands of people put their homes, businesses, and lives back together. We are quite different from most mold damage contractors. We specialize in pleasing people by providing quality work in a timely manner. The bottom line is getting our customers back to normal fast. Click here to get a free quote!


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