What is black mold?
Black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum (sometimes called Stachybotrys atra) is not the type of mold you want growing in your home or property. This type of mold is a greenish-black mold. It grows on material with a high cellulose such as fiberboard, wood, straw, hay, wicker, cardboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, etc. when they are damp or wet for prolonged periods of time.
Where do you find black mold?
Black mold growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. Black mold should be treated with respect to potential health risks and removal.
How to determine if you have black mold?
Usually, mold growth in your home is found either by seeing it or by smelling it. Mold produces a musty, dirt or rotting leaves type of smell. Whether you can smell mold or you see it growing, you will want to have the mold removed. Any mold can cause health problems, so if you want a mold tester to test your home that is up to you, but removing the mold and fixing the water leak is essential.
What are the health effects of black mold?
Cold and flu symptoms
Respiratory problems – asthma or nose bleeds
Dermatitis and rashes
How to get rid of black mold?
First, you will want to find the source of the water that is feeding the mold growth. Keep in mind that mold removal of any type requires proper protective equipment. Wear a mask, gloves and easy to clean clothing. You will need HEPA vacuums and air filters to help restore healthy air quality in your home. You will need to buy specific cleaning chemicals made for Stachybotrys removal.
Black mold is not something most homeowners will want to take care of themselves. Contacting a professional black mold abatement company, sometimes referred to as mold remediation, is a way to ensure that your mold problem will be taken care of properly the first time.