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Do You Really Have Black Mold?

There is a lot of discrepancy between black toxic mold and black-colored mold. Unknown to some, just because mold had a black pigment does not mean that it is the toxic “black mold” that we often hear about causing people to evacuate their apartment buildings and go to the hospital. Let’s take a look at how you may be able to tell the differences between black toxic mold and mold with a black pigment.

Black-Colored Mold

The mold that has a black tint or pigment could be one of many different types of molds. Some could be harmful to your health, but some are essentially harmless. A few of the types of mold that can appear in a black color are Nigrospora, Cladosporium, Alternaria, Aureobasidium, Dresclera, Pithomyces, Stemphylium, and Ulocladium.

Cladosporium is the most common black-colored mold that is found in and around people’s homes. It is not known to have toxic effects on human health, but it can cause some allergy symptoms if the person around the mold is allergic. However, Alternaria has been linked to some more severe allergic reactions, but it is still not considered toxic. In summary, just because these molds appear black does not mean they are toxic to your health.

Black Toxic Mold

As mentioned, not all “black” mold is harmful, but there is always a chance that you could be dealing with black toxic mold. This specific type of toxic mold is called Stachybotrys chartarum. It is often found in attics or areas that have consistent moisture. The reason this mold is so dangerous is that it releases mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are very toxic chemicals that can be inhaled when the mold spores containing these mycotoxins are floating in the air. Black toxic mold is known to have a very dark black color, and it can sometimes have a green tint. A musty odor typically accompanies black toxic mold.

Overall, it is best to take measures to prevent mold, and if you see mold growing on any quarters of your property, seek treatment for the issue immediately. Contact us as soon as possible to start the mold remediation process. We will find the reason the mold is growing and treat the problem. At Rocky Top Restoration, we prioritize your health, safety, and home.