Black Mold

#1 Environmental Concern For Homeowners Today!

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Mold is a natural fungus that flourishes in damp environments. It grows from active mold spores. Mold is what causes food to go bad, paper to smell musty, and wood to decay.

So what causes mold to turn in toxic mold?

When some molds sprout, they produce toxic byproducts identified as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are a natural part of mold growth and have been identified as a top concern with in-home mold.

Mycotoxins however are unpredictable. Only 200 have been identified and they vary significantly depending on the surrounding environment and type of fungus growth. You should be conscious that mycotoxins have extremely harmful effects on humans through skin contact, inhalation, and more.

Molds that produce mycotoxins are labeled “Toxic Mold.”

Black Mold (Stachbotrys)

Stachbotrys is commonly referred to as the “most-dangerous” mold types. It is often called black mold, due to its color. It is usually a dark greenish-black color and is often found in moist areas. It can be found growing on dry wall, ceiling tiles, and other organic materials. Black mold can also grow on concrete given the right conditions. Usually, black mold tends to appear after water damage has already effected an area. Without, proper drying, it can get out of control quickly.

You should always reach out to a professional if you suspect black mold in your house. Never try to test it yourself, call us immediately!

How can I identify if black mold is in my home?

  1. Do you have a musty odor in certain rooms of your home? If so, there is a strong reason to believe that some sort of mold may present in those rooms. This should be followed up by a professional to add some clarity to the situation.
  2. Visually identify mold growth areas. Active black mold growth is usually dark-greenish black in color. It may bear a resemblance to a miniature bush or web when active.

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