It may come as a surprise to you to find that most people experience some variation of mold growing within the confines of their home. Many of these go unnoticed and the mold it relatively harmless. However you may be in great danger, as a type of mold exists that can be extremely hazardous to your health. I am of course talking about Black Toxic Mold.
Strachybotyrs Chartarum / Streachybotrys Atra are the Latin names for black mold. It is a deep green or black slimy and greasy substance and if discovered immediate action should be taken to remove it. The spread of mold can be much more extensive than you realize and once discovered its important you dig further to find the full extent of the spread.
Black mold has been known to kill animals and small children, which is why it is such a high priority once found, respiratory problems being the major cause of death. It also aggravates many conditions in adults such as Asthma. Many symptoms can alert you to the presence of black mold such as bad Headaches and Migraines, sudden burst of dizziness, coughing, an regular infections.
What makes Black toxic mold so dangerous is its ability to germinate and grow at such a rapid rate. In a mere 24 hours perfectly clean area could be completely contaminated. The ideal growing conditions for black mold are any areas where damp exists, moisture is the number one hot spot for mold growth. Any supply of heat to this damp area increasing humidity will only aid the black mold and will soon result in a huge growth spurt. Finally dust and dirt provide excellent forms of nutrition for the mold. An area containing moisture, dirt and heat will be prone to a growth of mold.
Hearing this I am sure you are eager to here to warning signs of a black mold infestation. If any of your walls or ceiling begin to show signs of stains it is possible water leaking or growth has begun, this should be check out immediately, the stains usually have a yellowish tint.
If you smell any musky odors coming from walls, floorboards, hidden cavities surrounding baths, sinks, freezers, laundry machines then pull them out and investigate immediately. This is a top sign of a big mold growth.
Remember that black mold removal is dangerous to your health so be sure to seek out protective gear before attempting a clean up operations.