Black mold is one of the most toxic types of mold there is. Also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, it is extremely dangerous to humans because it can produce toxins called mycotoxins.
How to Spot It
Toxic black mold is a greenish-black gooey mold. It is usually slimy because of a wet layer on the top. However if a toxic black mold colony’s water source runs out it can appear dry and powdery. However, to be sure that what you see is actually black mold and not something less toxic and more common, it is best to have a mold expert view a sample of the mold in question.
How it can develop
Black mold can grow wherever there is steady moisture from water damage, humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration or flooding. In your home, mold is most likely to grow on painted or wallpapered surfaces, insulation materials, ceiling tiles, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. It can also grow in attics, basements and hidden crevices that don’t see much light, such as behind your fridge or dishwasher; on your windowsills; and behind your toilet bowl.
Black mold can cause many health problems for humans. They can include but are not limited to, respiratory problems, skin inflammation, irritation of mucus membranes, and damage to internal organs, nausea and mental impairment. If you see something in your home that you suspect is black mold, it is best to call in the experts to check it out right away.
If you have toxic black mold in your home you should talk to a professional mold removal service experienced in removing toxic black mold.
Mold is not something that can be cleaned by the average do-it-yourself homeowner using a household cleaner. Mold removal must be dealt with by a professional, certified, and highly qualified mold remediator, like the ones at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC.
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