What Is Mold?
Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is a greenish-black mold that grows in humid, moist areas. Its spores produce mycotoxins, which can cause severe health complications to humans when inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Mycotoxin poisoning can be fatal. Survivors often suffer long-term medical issues that affect their neurological, reproductive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
In nature, black mold thrives on plant matter and in soil. Its biological properties allow it to grow on construction materials within businesses and homes.
The longer an active mold site remains unaddressed, the worse your symptoms will become. If you notice or suspect mold growth, it is critical that you schedule a black mold test as soon as possible.
Call NIET for Mold Inspection & Remediation
Black mold removal is not a job you can trust to a low-cost, inexperienced contractor. Mold remediation requires industry-standard equipment such as dehumidifiers, fiber optics and moisture meters.
A black mold expert from National Indoor Environmental Testing can conduct a thorough inspection of your property. We can identify all mold sites, remove them and take steps to prevent future outbreaks. We can also address the root cause of the growth so your home or business remains safe and mold-free. Call 855-349-2356 today to schedule a mold inspection.
How to Identify Toxic Black Mold
Active black mold sites have a slimy layer on top, but if the water source has dried, the outbreak may appear gray in color. This, however, does not mean that the site is harmless. Dry black mold is more likely to release spores into the air, which can circulate throughout a building and cause new outbreaks to form.
Toxic black mold is common after water damage. If your basement floods, or if a pipe bursts behind a wall, then it may set the foundation for an outbreak. Black mold is also common on rooftops.
Unlike other mold strains, black mold requires at least seven days to colonize. As a result, it tends to grow in out-of-the-way places that are difficult to see. Many homeowners do not suspect mold growth until somebody complains about persistent allergy symptoms. You may also notice a musty smell coming from the basement. If you suspect mold growth, schedule a mold inspection immediately.
Black Mold: Nature’s Silent Killer
When most people imagine health hazards within the home, gas leaks and asbestos come to mind. But black mold is a serious threat to the health of every building occupant.
Temporary exposure may cause flu-like symptoms, such as sneezing coughing and a swollen throat, but prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can lead to coma and even death. Other symptoms include:
- Concentration issues;
- Internal bleeding;
- And vomiting.
Black mold is particularly toxic to the elderly and young children due to their weak immune systems. Pregnant women should never be exposed to black mold because it can cause birth defects.
Are the Health Effects of Toxic Black Mold Permanent?
Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can cause long-term and sometimes permanent health effects. It is critical that you schedule mold remediation as soon as you suspect black mold growth. In most cases, though, the symptoms tend to improve after the mold has been removed.
Professional Mold Inspection & Removal
If you notice an active mold site, stay away. Get everyone out of the building, and contact a mold removal expert immediately.
Do not look for active sites. Mycotoxins are most harmful when inhaled, so just standing near a mold outbreak can cause serious health effects.
If you suspect mold growth, do not hesitate to schedule a mold inspection – even if you have not seen the outbreak site. Spores may be circulating throughout your building via your HVAC system, which can lead to new growth sites.
Black mold removal is not a do-it-yourself job. Contact the pros at National Indoor Environmental Testing, and we will provide a prompt inspection.
Black Mold Inspection & Remediation from NIET
Toxic black mold can be a business- or homeowner’s worst nightmare. The best way to avoid the structural damage and health risks that mold can cause is to contact a mold removal technician immediately.
The team at National Indoor Environmental Testing has built a reputation on providing reliable, prompt service. Call us today at 855-349-2356 to schedule a black mold test.