What is Black Mold?

Black mold is a type of mold also known by its scientific name: Stachybotrys chartarum. It’s a popular term that comes up when people talk about mold and health concerns because it is known to produce some unwanted health consequences.

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Stachybotrys chartarum affects exposed people in different ways so it’s important to recognize it and eliminate it as soon as possible. If you are experiencing respiratory issues, tiredness and discomfort,  or skin problems, there is a chance that black mold has found its way in your home and testing might be necessary. The list of symptoms associated with black mold is quite long and many of them can be cause by other health conditions. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is always a good idea to consult with a health professional.

What does black mold look like?

Well… it’s black! It can take on many different appearances depending on the surface it is located on. On sheet rock it can look like a wet spot with dark spots in it, on brick it can give a darker more obvious blackened look, and on wood surfaces it can be harder to detect because it can blend in with the wood texture. If you think you have spotted black mold in your home the best action is to have an inspection done by a mold removal expert.

Can windows have black mold on them?toxic black mold on walls in home

Absolutely! If your windows are accumulating a lot of condensation, this creates a prime environment for black mold to grow. It’s important to frequently check and wipe down your windows. Another common place most people don’t think about mold growing is around the bathtub. If you see black mold appearing on the caulking of your tub or on the walls of your shower mix a solution of one part bleach and three parts water, apply and scrub it off with a brush. Make sure to where the proper safety equipment when dealing with black mold including safety goggles, a dust mask, and gloves.

Why do we get so much mold in Olympia?

It all comes down to us living in a very moist environment. While the moisture is great for our beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, mold in our homes is an unpleasant addition to the list. The best way to control the mold in your home is to keep it dry with proper ventilation. If you are concerned that you have a mold problem, Clean Green Restoration can help take care of it with an organic solution that doesn’t harm our environment. Learn more on our about us page.