There are more than 60 types of black mold, but the most discussed and worrisome is caused by the Stachybotrys chartarum mold spore. While not as common as some other types of mold, this mold can be one of the most challenging to get rid of in water-damaged areas because it contains melanin, which protects the mold colony and makes removal of black Stachybotrys chartarum mold more challenging.
Where Does Black Stachybotrys chartarum Mold Grow?
While most molds grow in areas where humidity levels are over 50%, black mold needs a humidity level of over 90 percent. Therefore, it often grows near or on sweating pipes, under sink cabinets and around front-loading washing machines in homes. It can be found where water puddles, roofs have leaked, damp cars or around windows with constant condensation. Furthermore, it needs organic matter to grow, and it is most prevalent in areas where there is no or poor airflow.
Black Mold Can Make You Sick
The research is very unclear if black mold causes serious health concerns. Some studies show that mycotoxins from Stachybotrys chartarum black mold may produce:
• Body aches and joint pain
• Memory loss
• Nose bleeds
• Mood changes
While not to be overlooked, it is much more common for people to experience the same problems they do when they encounter other molds. These health challenges include:
• Watery eyes
• Sore throats
• Stuffed or runny noses
• Respiratory issues
• Dry coughs
• Skin rashes
• Weight loss
Some studies show that children under 7 years of age have an increased risk of asthma when living in a home with black mold.
Black Mold Removal
If you suspect that you have black mold in an area smaller than 10 square feet, then you should start by determining if you have any water leaks that are contributing to the problem and fix those issues. Then, you can scrub the mold away using a solution of water and detergent. Always consider that the mold could be hiding behind the wall’s surface and in your air duct system. It is always best to use personal protective equipment and goggles to minimize contact with the mold.
In larger areas, it is best to contain the site before contacting a professional mold remediation company.
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