Black Mold is a toxic mold and is also known as Stachybotrys Chartarum.
Stachybotrys chartarum, also called Stachybotrys atra, Stachybotrys alternans or Stilbospora chartarum, is a black mold that produces its conidia in slime heads. It is sometimes found in soil and grain, but the mold is most often detected in cellulose-rich building materials from damp or water-damaged buildings
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
The 10 most common health risks associated with toxic mold are:
- Pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis (primarily in infants)
- Nose bleeds
- Immune system suppression (resulting in increasing numbers of infections)
- Hair loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Psychological depression
- Sore throats
- Headaches and other flu-like symptoms
How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.
Rapid Restoration and Construction microbial remediation is thorough. We handle mold removal by evaluating all areas of the project:
- Inspection & assessment
- Written scope of work & technical reports
- Health & safety
- Containment to prevent contamination to unaffected areas
- Microbial remediation & removal
- Structure & content cleaning
- HVAC system decontamination
- Documents, vital records, archives & information (micro) media recovery
- Dehumidification & moisture removal
- In accordance with EPA and state protocols
For more information on mold and mold remediation services, contact the professionals at
Rapid Restoration & Construction
6250 W 55th Avenue,
Arvada, CO 80002