What is Black Mold?
Often, when individuals, whether on the news or any other form of public media, when they discuss "black mold" they are talking about a certain type of Mold or Fungus.
This mold is scientifically categorized as Stachybotrys Chartarum. It will appear as a greenish-black mold in color although it is only deemed "black" mold.
Black mold is also often referred to as "toxic mold." More often than not, black mold can be seen forming in areas around a home that has higher humidity levels at or above 55% indoors, or in places that have suffered water damage or are more prone to become water-soaked such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
The damp conditions make a perfect breeding ground for the small spores to multiply. How mold reproduces is through these microscopic spores that are created when the conditions are right. Most mold grows, or breeds, in damp areas, as mentioned previously.
With ever-increasing changes in the Earth's weather patterns, the more "wet" weather, the more chance of having a "black mold" infestation. Your home is more prone to a black mold invasion if you live in an area that is exposed to frequent flooding or extremely wet, and/or humid, conditions.
Black mold can grow on anything porous. Including wood, cement, paper, clothing of all types, behind wallpaper, ceiling tiles, and other common household building materials.
With that said, it is also prevalent to find black mold growing rampant on gypsum board, more well known as 'drywall,' which is a significant part of any home construction project.
It is important to note that mold spores are all around us all the time and that no home is immune to them. No matter how clean you keep it indoors. You must understand that when mold reproduces, it is damp. However, when this newly formed grouping of fungus dries, it can and in most cases become airborne, whether indoors or out. Due to this characteristic, there is always a high possibility that if there is any type of excess moisture build up within your home, mold could begin growing inside.
Is Black Mold Hazardous To My Health?
There is most certainly a good chance that black mold can become hazardous to your health. The opportunities for this increases in those that suffer from allergies, immune deficiencies, or respiratory problems such as asthma and COPD. Most healthy people will never have adverse reactions to any type of mold, including black in most cases. However, continued exposure to black mold can have some interactions with personal health, even though this has not been scientifically proven through testing as of yet.
As is becoming the case with many schools in a high flood or extreme humid zones throughout the world. Any building that was constructed with the use of porous materials used in their construction can produce mold growths.
Many molds are non-harmful in most cases, including black fungus. Although you will see the word "toxic" used in correlation with the term black mold in many media resources. As discussed earlier in this section, the mold itself is only harmful, or "toxic" to those individuals that suffer from respiratory disorders, immune deficiency diseases, or allergies. These are the people that should be most concerned with feeling increased effects from black mold in general.
So, why then, are so many resources telling you that black mold is indeed "toxic"?
Let's take a look at public media sources.
It is the media's sole job to inform you of what is going on in the world at large. More often than not, world news can be quite dull, so to speak. These sources of information need to "beef" up their newscasts. And so, you will see an increase in shocking reports. And by delivering this type of newscast, more individuals are prone to "tune in" thereby increasing that particular news channel's ratings.
The same is true for printed news resources such as well, your local newspapers. With the increase of an "imagined" threat, more consumers are ready and willing, to spend their money to make their families as safe as possible. Enter the outside companies prepared to take that money for additional cleaning supplies.
Of course, everyone wants to be healthy, and care for the health of their loved ones, but, that doesn't mean others should take advantage of your caring nature. There are simple and very effective ways to rid your home of black mold which I will discuss later in my next article that won't cost you hundreds of dollars.
With the research compiled for the content of this report, I have found enough evidence to support the claim that only those with the above listed pre-existing health conditions should be concerned about the dangerous effects of black mold.
At this stage, with the available tests that have been performed on black mold, it is more of a household nuisance than one of serious health risk concern for most healthy people across the world.
However mind you, if you find that areas of black mold are growing at an increased rate, even if you are not someone affected by it, you may want to take steps to disinfect and clean these areas immediately before it does become a problem for you.
In the next article I will discuss how and where to find "Black Mold".