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What is black mold?

Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys mold, is a greenish black mold that can be hazardous to your health. Common in older homes and buildings, black mold should be removed as soon as it's identified to reduce the risk of serious health problems.

Can I see black mold pictures?

Here are photos of black mold. Compare these images to mold growths in your home to help diagnose a toxic mold problem. More pictures of black mold can be found online.


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Where does black mold grow?

Black mold grows in areas of your home that are either constantly exposed to moisture, or have been exposed to unusual amounts of moisture through flooding or other means. Black mold cannot grow without moisture. The most common places in the home for toxic black mold to grow are bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages and attics. In some cases, black mold can grow and spread throughout ventilation shafts, or in the spaces between walls. Any part of the home that is damaged by water is vulnerable to black mold.

Which serious health problems can black mold cause?

The worst complication stemming from toxic mold is black mold poisoning. Spores from the mold are inhaled and trapped in the sinus cavities; if not cleared out, the spores cause an infection in the sinuses, and the infection can then travel into the brain. The result of black mold poisoning can be permanent brain damage or death. Researchers also believe black mold spores may be responsible for incidents of lung hemorrhaging in children.

an black mold cause more mild symptoms?

Yes. Prolonged exposure to black mold spores can cause cold or flu symptoms, memory problems, vision problems, loss of appetite, abdominal or body aches, difficulty breathing, sinus problems, frequent fevers and more. If you suddenly begin experiencing a wide range of symptoms for no apparent reason, and if you live in an older home or a home that recently sustained water damage, then you should call a professional to inspect for black mold.

How can I tell if my house has black mold?

In most cases, you can see black mold on your walls or ceiling. Sometimes, the mold grows behind walls or in vents where you can't see it. However, toxic black mold has a musty, mildew scent that can be smelled even when the mold can't be scene. Follow your nose, not just your eyes, when trying to find the source of mold in your home.

Should I try removing black mold by myself?

Black mold can be removed without the help of a professional, but you must wear safety gear and completely seal off the room you're abating before any mold can be cleaned. You must also have a way of making absolutely sure that there's no mold growing behind a wall or in the ceiling. Failure to remove the mold won't solve your problem. When you hire a professional mold removal company, you can rest assured knowing that your mold problem will be mitigated.

How can I prevent black mold from regrowing?

As stated earlier, black mold requires moisture to grow and thrive. The best way to prevent the reoccurrence of black mold is to reduce the amount of moisture in the part of your home where mold is growing. This may mean improving the ventilation for that room, or purchasing a dehumidifier to help control the amount of moisture in the air. Other products can also help keep the air dry, which will significantly help control mold growths.