Keep Your Home Free of Dangerous Black Mold

shutterstock_231594136Stachybotrys chartarum is the formal name for what is known as black mold growth. While the color actually ranges from greenish to brown to black, it is one of several common indoor mold types. According to the Centers For Disease Control, black mold symptoms result primarily from exposure to the mycotoxins carried by airborne reproductive spores. When inhaled by susceptible individuals, Stachybotrys chartarum spores may trigger immune responses that cause allergy-like respiratory illness. Black mold symptoms may also be more problematic for persons with lung disease or suppressed immune systems.

In open spaces, mold has little effect on humans. However, in an enclosed indoor environment, spores released by black mold growth—as well as other types of mold—may accumulate to toxic concentrations. Occupants of a mold-infected home may be subjected to a daily dose of inhaled black mold spores that far exceeds levels in the great outdoors.

Elimination of black mold growth by a mold remediation specialist involves addressing contributing factors as well as source control.

  • The primary trigger factor for indoor black mold growth is moisture. Exposure to water from localized flooding commonly activates dormant Stachybotrys chartarum spores. Less obvious ongoing moisture sources include minor plumbing and roof leaks and even high indoor humidity.
  • Black mold most frequently grows on surfaces that provide cellulose nutrients including wood, paper-covered drywall, ceiling tiles and other building materials.
  • Because mold growth often penetrates deep into the surface of materials, common disinfectants like bleach that kill mold only on superficial contact may not prevent recurrence. A mold remediation expert will select EPA-approved biocides specifically formulated for mold disinfection. Where penetration of mold growth is excessive, removal and replacement of building materials may be recommended to achieve full control.

For more on black mold growth and symptoms, contact the mold remediation specialists at Rytech, Inc.

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