How Do You Kill Black Mold?

How do you kill black mold? It's highly recommended that a professional remediator perform an examination if you think you have black mold in your home. According to Consumer Reports Magazine, "Of the roughly...

According to Consumer Reports Magazine, "Of the roughly 1,000 strains of household mold, Stachybotrys chartarum-- also popularly called black or toxic mold--has generated the most headlines. Some studies have linked it to a form of pulmonary hemorrhage in infants; others have been inconclusive."

Black mold produces mycotoxins. All molds let off odors called VOC's or Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds. Mycotoxins are VOC's that are toxic. Mycotoxins can affect people differently. An infant, ill, or elderly person can be affected more adversely by black mold than a healthy adult. Symptoms of being exposed to black mold are; cough, runny nose or nose bleeds, headaches, fever, fatigue, a rash, and lack of concentration. There can be long term health problems with mold exposure such as, spots on your lungs, chronic fatigue syndrome, learning disabilities, chronic sinusitis, asthma and even death. According to a 1999 USA Today report there has been a 300% increase in asthma over the past 20 years due to mold exposure.

Kevin Bristol, President of Advance Mold Remediation and expert in mold removal states, "If your mold is black mold, Stachybotrys, it is highly recommended that a professional remediator perform a home examination." Stachybotrys or black mold is from the strain of molds that thrives on very wet wood. According to the Toxic Black Mold Information Center, "stachybotrys is found indoors, where water damage has gone unnoticed or ignored since it requires extended periods of time... for growth to occur." Black mold is characteristically slimy and dark greenish black. All molds let off a musty odor. Sometimes you will be able to see the mold growing on your wall, but sometimes it is growing in the wall or under the carpet or some other dark undetected spot.

If you suspect you have black mold call a Mold Remediation specialist, "he will treat it with certain biocides and encapsulate the area with an antimicrobial coating to prevent the mold from coming back", says Kevin Bristol. Your family will be asked to leave the home for a period of time depending on how bad the mold is. The specialist will seal the room and either cut out part of the wall or thoroughly scrub a concrete area with a wire brush. Mold spores circulate through the air therefore it is unsafe for you to try to clean up toxic black mold.

Bristol states that a good mold remediation professional will, "find out what the water source is and correct that problem." If the moisture returns, the mold will return. Fix any leaky pipes that may be in the area. If pipes are rusty this can be a sign of a leaky pipe. Check your roof for leaks. In a basement make sure the moisture level is low or get the basement sealed. If your paint is peeling or bubbling you may have excess moisture in your walls. Bathrooms need proper ventilation to keep the humidity down. Running your air conditioner also helps keep humidity levels down. Humidity levels should be below 50% to keep mold from growing. You can purchase a humidity sensor to monitor the moisture levels in your home.

Remember black mold is toxic. If anyone in your household has any of the symptoms mentioned in this article and you suspect mold growth call a professional and ask your physician for advice.

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