What does black mold look like?

What Does Black Mold Look Like?

Most people know what mold looks like, we’ve seen it growing on food long expired in our fridge. However, for the average person, determining if mold is in fact Black Mold (stachybotrys chartarum) by your eyes alone is not easy. For a professional mold expert, it is easier to identify a mold as stachybotrys because of its distinguishable MOLD appearance in its mature state. A slow-growing mold, Black Mold can be thick in context and black in color. Yet, if you do not know the various types of mold, it may not necessarily look much different from other mold species, which are black in nature. The only way for us to say with certainty that a specific mold is, in fact, black mold, is for us to take a swab sample for confirmation. Read more

Preparing for your mold inspection

Preparing For Mold Inspection

Preparing for a mold inspection is easy. For proper lab results and readings to be as accurate as possible, certain things are necessary but not required. If you have a mold inspection scheduled, read on for some tips on preparing for it. Read more


HNST Mold Inspections

HNST Mold Inspections has been servicing the New York and New Jersey areas for over a decade. As a small business, our number one goal is to provide you the customer, quicker turn around times, personalized service, quality of expertise and experience. Read more

questions about mold

Four Common Questions About Mold

In order to successfully deal with mold problems its important to be well informed on the causes, risks and action steps that need to be taken for mold. Here are the answers to four common questions about mold.

  1. Why does mold grow in homes? Mold is found in spores and is technically airborne. It moves through the air into and out of homes through windows and doors as well as ventilation. Things in your home such as moisture and organic material make it a great place for mold to thrive.
  2. When does mold become a problem? As we mentioned, mold is present in all homes, when it becomes a problem is when larger patches grow and cause health issues or structural damage to the home.
  3. How do I test for mold? When you suspect mold in the home, you should reach out to a Mold Investigator such as HNST Mold Inspections. Mold can be dangerous, so you’ll want to leave this one to an expert.
  4. Can I prevent mold growth? You can do your part to prevent harmful mold growth by controlling humidity in your home. Repair all leaks in the roof, wall or gutters of your home, use a dehumidifier to keep humidity below 50% in your home and use ventilator fans to air out the attic, basement, and bathrooms.

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Christmas Trees and Mold

The holiday season has just ended, and you might have already taken down your tree and pulled it to the curb. If you haven’t already, don’t be alarmed by this post! We at HNST Mold Inspections like to give you the facts, and although mold can be brought into the home on your Christmas Tree, there is no need to panic, just be aware.

Christmas trees can harbor mold, after all, they are something that usually lives outside, and we bring them into a foreign environment for a month of its life for our own enjoyment. Mold on your Christmas Tree can cause issues with any pre-existing conditions you or a family member may have such as asthma.

If there is someone in your home with asthma, you may want to re-think the tree next year if:

  • Symptoms are worse when the tree is in the home
  • increased symptoms such as tightness, runny nose, stiffness, itchy eyes or cough occur
  • increase in the number of asthma attacks occur

Don’t worry about missing out on the festivity, artificial trees are more lifelike than ever! Hunt down a great deal after Christmas and find your family forever tree. Make sure to keep your artificial tree stored properly during the year in order to protect from dust, pests, and water.



What Employers Should Know About Mold

What Employers Should Know About Mold

Employers need to act quickly if they find or suspect mold is in their building. Step one is calling a professional mold inspector to perform a mold investigation or inspection. Being responsible for serious health issues is not something to take lightly, and the consequences of hazardous mold exposure can be quite serious. Read more

hidden signs of mold

Hidden Signs Of Mold

Damp basement, abandoned home and musty garage. These three places have one thing in common: the potential for mold growth. When present in any of these situations, mold can proliferate causing serious problems down the line and even triggering health issues. Be on the lookout for these hidden signs of mold so that you can take action as soon as possible and even prevent the growth of harmful mold.

  1. Do you smell something coming from your chimney? The first sign of mold growth in a chimney can come from the smell. Be sure to have your chimney swept on a recommended schedule and all repairs done in a timely manner. This will help to prevent damp or wetness giving mold a chance to thrive.
  2. Allergies symptoms in certain places. If you have allergy symptoms in a certain room or place, but they disappear when you are not in that environment, there is a potential the trigger could be mold. Track your reactions to pinpoint where your allergies really flare, contact a mold inspector if need be.
  3. Bubbling paint on your walls is another sign that moisture is a problem. Moisture gives mold the perfect place to grow, so reduce humidity in the affected room. You may need to investigate where the moisture is being let into the room, check for leaks, condensation on windows, etc.
  4. Soft or squishy floors are a sign there is moisture in the wood beneath you. This can be due to rotting wood which has been exposed to moisture for too long. Of course, the organic material and moisture are breeding grounds for mold. Get ahead of this one quick!

Don’t let mold build-up and spread, catch it quickly and erase it for good. If you’ve noticed one of these signs in your home, or perhaps another we haven’t mentioned, call your local Mold Inspector. Are you in the New York/New Jersey area? Give us a call at HNST Mold Inspections, or contact us now.


Five things you should know about mold

As a mold inspector, HNST Mold Inspections visit many homes and offices investigating suspected mold. There are always different reasons for someone to call us, from concern due to a musty smell in a basement or something more severe such as when health symptoms persist and an allergy to mold is suspect. For those who call us in to do an investigation, there are usually a fair amount of questions that come with our visit. From what we hear regularly, we’ve put together a list of the top five things you should know about mold. These five things are important in that knowing them can help you identify, know where to turn for help, and prevent mold growth. Read more