The Dangers of Black Mold
Throughout the last years many myths have developed regarding black mold and the dangers associated with it. It is important to note, however, that not all black bold is toxic. Additionally, all toxic molds are not necessarily black mold. The two toxic black molds are Aspergillus and Stachybotrys chartarum, typically found in damaged buildings where moisture is present. Determining whether or not mold is dangerous is incredibly difficult. Therefore, whenever any mold is detected in your home or office building, it is essential that you contact a professional as soon as possible. Mold remediation must be done immediately to remove the mold and the toxins associated with its presence.
Black mold is very slow to develop and typically feeds off of earlier mold growth to flourish. More often than not, black mold is rather heavy and unlikely to become airborne. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), a person who is living or working around mold is at greater risk of developing a respiratory disease. Mold almost always gets into a building or house due to excessive moisture, most often from:
- Sewer backups
- Water damage following a rain storm
- Leaky pipes
- Blocked gutters
- Poor drainage systems
- Rook leaks
Preventing black mold from forming is relatively easy to do. Make sure that the ventilation system in your home or office is functioning properly. Minimize moisture by keeping the area temperatures warm, as cold air holds moisture much more efficiently. Finally, try to limit humidity in situations such as cooking with a window open. If you have any concerns about mold growth in your house or in your office building, contact our mold remediation specialists right away to limit the dangers and damage associated with mold growth.