Definition of Black Mold

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Black mold is a gooey, green to black substance that can bring about serious health issues. Black mold is also referred to as Strachybotrys chartarum and can be encountered in any area of a home. It can contaminate a variety of substances. All of us have some kind of mold in our home, although; some are microscopic while a portion are not. Mold should be eliminated from your place of residence as soon as possible because although not all molds are harmful, they should be treated as such.

What are the signs associated with mold? Almost all kinds of mold possess a unique odor, similar to that of urine. Black mold on the other hand is difficult to find and usually develops in back of walls and underneath floor boards. Airborne molecules of mold are microscopic so you aren’t able to ascertain where they come to rest until they start to cultivate. Freely floating molecules that gather on things inside your home can be breathed in, creating dangerous health hazards. If you were to put your hands on a damp section of mold, it would be gooey and spread around.

Places that are prone to black mold are damp areas and materials that can become water-logged. It will develop on wood, in your bathroom, underneath carpeting and behind wallpaper. Mold can show itself on clothing, strollers, and tents. It also cultivates on various building materials. Your home may very well be overrun with mold if you have symptoms similar to those associated with allergies.

How does black mold spread? Black mold require dampness to cultivate. As soon as black mold desiccates, it releases mycotoxins into the air. These poisons can be passed along through your entire home by your air conditioner and central air/heating units. Black mold when not moist can present serious health issues.

If you have a minor black mold problem, you can take care of it on your own by using natural products. If the problem is more immense, a professional should remove the mold. To prevent mold from growing in your home, rooms should be properly ventilated and dampness kept to a minimum.

By: Bradley Skierkowski