Black Mold 101- What you really need to know.
If you are searching for “Black Mold” or “Toxic Black Mold” you are most likely concerned with something you found at your property, AND after doing some preliminary research you might be on the verge of freaking out. Hopefully we caught you before getting to that point and can take our 21 years of knowledge and experience and tell you what we know and what you need to know about Black Mold.
The #1 thing you need to know is there are many species of mold that can grow very dark in color and just because it looks black does not mean the species you are seeing is the widely used term on the internet “Black Mold”, which is professionally called Stachybotrys chartarum.
Here is the good news: we can run specific tests that will tell us if Stachybotrys is present and have results back from an independent lab within 24 hours. The two forms of tests are via surface sampling and air sampling and from the lab they will share with us if Stachybotrys is present and how many spore counts are within.
This sampling is included in our full property Mold Inspection and Testing. Our customers not only receive the results from our inspection and sampling, but everything falls within a detailed report that explains what we found visually, what was found in the microscopic samples and our recommendations on how to solve the mold issue.
Mold only needs two main components to grow; moisture and food. Moisture can come from many sources such as water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Stachybotrys (or Black Mold) absolutely loves drywall, gypsum board, or basically anything with high cellulose content.
Stachybotrys is toxic and affects everyone differently. Some people are extremely sensitive and others have no issues at all.
For those who are affected, symptoms such as headaches, fever, irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, sneezing, rashes, and chronic coughing have been reported.
Regardless, all mold should be treated and remediated with the same level of concern and INX would be happy to help you with that. We have helped over 7,500 families improve the indoor air quality in their home over the last two decades and we are ready to help you!
If you see something funky and would like us to take a quick look; New for 2021- we now offer complimentary virtual assessment via real-time video. By utilizing video calling technology, we can do a FREE preliminary assessment of any indoor air quality issues that may be cause for concern while answering your initial questions. This helps us to communicate with our customers faster than ever before so Call us today to let us know you are interested in a Virtual Assessment.