Black Mold: What Is It?

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If you are experiencing black mold in your home, it would be best for you to call a professional to check out your house and see if it is indeed black mold, and the best route to go about removing the black mold.  Known scientifically as Stachybotrys Atra, it is a possibly-deadly type of mold that is found in areas of increased moisture and a lack of ventilation.  You may hear it referred to by others as either mildew or as toxic mold.  It can look furry or powdery in appearance.

Black mold needs two different conditions in order to survive and multiple.  The first is moisture and the second thing is food.  Not the type of food you’re thinking of, instead, it is the surface that it is on.  As the mold eats into the surface, it releases Volatile Organic Compounds (often shortened as VOCs).  Exposure to these VOCs can lead to a large majority of health problems.  If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or problems, that you see a medical professional immediately. Some of those problems include:

Moisture is another major factor that causes black mold to grow and continue to grow.  Areas that have higher humidity, as well as areas that do not get proper ventilation are possible sites for the growth of black mold.  The bathroom is a major area where black mold is common, because of the shower.  That is why it is important to make sure that a fan is on the whole time you are in the shower, as well as for up to 20 minutes after the shower.  Another area that moisture collects is in the window sill.  If you keep your blinds closed for too long of a time, moisture can collect and is a perfect breeding ground for mold.

Depending on how much the mold has multiplied and grown, you may be able to take care of the problem yourself.  One household solution to remove black mold is to buy a mildew or mold cleaning spray from your local store.  Different products from different companies work best in various situations.  Try a few of them before calling a professional if there isn’t a lot of mold.  If you suspect that there is a lot of mold, it would be best to call a black mold removal company before they are trained to be able to handle jobs that are larger.  By going with a professional, you ensure that the problem is taken care of, as well as keeping yourself and your family safe during the black mold removal process.

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