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Black Mold

This is a greenish black being known as stachybotrys Atra. It poses health risks to young ones, elderly people and people with immune system issues. There are over one hundred thousand different mold types with the majority being harmless. Black mold is one of 50 or so molds that has the capabilty to develop indoors.

Types of molds that release mycotoxins come under the banner of "Toxic Black Mold". Not all black molds belong to the same family. So a professional test needs to be carried out on the mold to determine whether it is a dangerous variety.

Black mold is usually found in damp and wet environments. Areas where broken pipes, cabinets under sinks and wall panelling are the main culprits where black mold is found. Once dried, black mold poses its most serious threat. The spores can become airborne and inhaled which will lead to sickness. Extra precautions are required when removing dried black mold. A mask and protective clothing are essential.

Finding Black Mold

When on the hunt for black mold the things to look out for are:

1- Moisture on any surfaces. Black mold must have a damp environment to grow in. Any cupboards or cabinets that are constantly in touch with moisture are an ideal breeding ground for the mold.

2- Stains on walls. Do you have any black stains appearing on your walls or in your wallpaper? If so this could be the sign that block mold is thriving.

3- Unpleasant smells. Black mold has a musky and mildew type smell. So if you do notice this type of smell in your home then you must investigate it.

4- Illness. Do you find yourself, or members of your family becoming ill quite frequently. This can be the first sign to you of a black mold outbreak.

Removing Black Mold

Removing black mold is a tough job. But if you know what you are doing, have the correct equipment and always keep safety issues at the forefront, then black mold removal can be accomplised rather quickly.

When removing black mold and preventing an area of having further outbreaks there are a couple of procedures to follow.

1- Firstly you need to confront and resolve the issue of excess moisture in the area. Without moisture, black mold cannot grow. So check out the area thoroughly for moisture levels. Do this with a suitable moisture meter. Always remedy a moisture issue.

2- Quarantine the area. You want to seal off the infected area and reduce any dust levels. Toxic spores will move around with the dust. No dust, no spores. Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal off any area. The plastic will prevent any spores spreading during the cleaning process.

3- Remove the actual mold. Firstly you must mist the mold with water. This will prevent any spores going airbourne when you clean. Take some soap and use that to remove as much of the mold as you can. Once finished with the soap, take disinfectant and finish off the area with that.

Once the mold has been removed you should dry the area thoroughly. Any mold collected up should be put in plastic bags and disposed of properly.






How To Remove Black Mold



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Thriving in damp environments, black mold is the most toxic of all molds and is found in many homes and buildings around the world.

It is fair to say that no one is completely safe from this invader.

If you do discover black mold then action has to be taken. It needs to be removed immediately and any areas treated.

The severe issue with black mold is that it contains mycotoxins which are extremely poisonous and can cause illness and even in extreme cases, even death.

Treating and removing black mold requires great care, caution and awareness.







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