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Information about Black Mold
Publish Date: 3/29/2005 6:00:00 AM Source: Diseases & Conditions, Allergies“

Black Mold" is a term commonly used to describe a slimy, greenish-black substance which can result in serious health risk. It can cause the death of babies from respiratory bleeding, or can cause illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis. According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control), this mold is responsible for over "100 cases of lung disorders".

This infamous mold is also known as Strachybotrys chartarum and more often as Strachybotrys atra.

Almost every house has one type or another of mold, usually in the kitchen or bathroom. Some of them are not harmful, but some pose a serious health risk.

Mold spores get transported to different areas by attaching themselves to various hosts like people, animals, shoes and they even enter through open windows and doors. The spores then thrive and grow where it is damp and moist. Areas and substances where black mold can be found include water soaked wood, ceiling tiles, wall paneling, cardboard, even items made of cotton. Black mold can grow on drywall and insulation and can infest areas in the floors, walls and ceilings. Very toxic molds can develop from water seepage.

Moisture is essential to the growth of black mold, and when it is wet it is shiny in appearance. If you were to physically touch a spot of black mold, it would feel slimy and would smear on the area.

If you need to clean up the area infested with black mold, you need to verify the extent of the problem. Many of the infested areas will be relatively small and be a result of small leaks or plumbing problems. Spores from dried mold are very dangerous and should be cleaned with caution. You should never scrape or scratch at dried mold as the spores would then be released into the air and pose an inhalation risk. A respiratory mask and eye protection are necessary and adequate clothing to prevent skin contact is recommended.

According to the CDC, there are some preventative measures one must take to avoid the spread of black mold. Keep the humidity of the house down, make sure there is adequate ventilation inside the home(especially in the kitchen and bathroom), add mold inhibitors to new paint before painting, use mold killing products to clean and do not use carpet in the bathroom.

Technician Prepare Containment Barrier for Mold Removal    Contaminated Insulations in Bags    Cleaned by Hepa Vacuuming and wiped with Microban
Technician Prepares Containment Barrier for               Contaminated Insulations in Bags                               Mold Cleaned by Hepa Vacuuming and wiped with
Mold Removal                                                                                                                                          Microban
Molded Base Board
Molded Base Board

Molded Book
Molded Book

Enviro-Clean, a leader in the indoor air quality industry, has been in business for over 18 years, providing clients with commercial cleaning, mold testing, mold remediation, water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning and whole-house air filtration solutions.

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