Black Mold

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Black mold is a naturally occurring fungus that thrives in moist environments. It is one of the more hazardous situations that can affect your home.

So what causes mold to turn in toxic mold?

The answer is Mycotoxins. When black mold (as well as a few others) grow, they produce toxic byproducts known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are a natural part of the growth and has been identified as the leading health concern with in home mold growth.

Mycotoxins are unpredictable though. Only 200 mycotoxins have been identified and they vary greatly depending on environmental conditions and type of mold growth. Mycotoxins can harm humans through skin contact, inhalation, and more.

Molds that produce mycotoxins are often referred to as “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.

Remember, always contact a professional if you suspect black mold, and never try to test the mold yourself!

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

  1. 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.
  2. Do you smell a musty odor? – If so, there is a strong possibility that some sort of mold is present. This should be followed up by a specialist to determine the situation.
 

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