Dampness is a common cause of unhealthy indoor air in homes, classrooms and public spaces, in part because moisture promotes the growth of mold. To help prevent mold growth you must address moisture problems immediately and control humidity levels. If you already have visible mold growth, it’s important to have it removed promptly and make sure to fix the source of the growth, otherwise the problem will just come back again. If the area of mold contamination is larger than 10 square feet, it is important to have it identified and removed by a qualified professional as stated by many different guidelines and standards such as Health Canada, the IICRC and New York City guidelines.
Having a professional come to your home or office to assess the situation should give you peace of mind when determining the type of mold in your home. There are many different types and varieties of mold that can affect your indoor air and because it is black doesn’t necessarily mean that it is toxic Black Mold. In fact, Stachybotrys (the potential bad stuff), is a slime type mold that is blackish green in colour. Stachybotrys requires more than 90% water activity in order to grow.
Of all the topics related to mold, nothing gets more media attention than so-called Black Mold/Toxic Mold. But what is the REAL truth about Black Mold?
- Is toxic mold the same as Black Mold?
- Are all Black Molds toxic?
- Does the color of the mold really make a difference?
- Is black mold more dangerous than other color shades of mold such as white mold, green mold, red mold, just to name a few?
To put it bluntly, the mold remediation industry is full of bad information about mold, and especially about Black Mold. We see inaccurate media reports all the time about Black Mold and we also hear many stories of people taken advantage of by unqualified contractors or unscrupulous company’s who use misinformation and scare tactics to frighten people about mold and Black Mold.
Media reports of Black Mold often refer to molds that can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), such as groups of molds known as Stachybotrys, however mycotoxins will not always be produced when these types of mold are present. In fact the exact conditions needed for mycotoxins to be produced are not fully understood. Further, mycotoxins can be produced by other types of molds besides Stachybotrys and these molds are not always black.
The truth is, the color of the mold to the naked eye cannot necessarily tell you anything about its toxicity. With over 100,000 species, mold can vary in size, shape, and color, making it virtually impossible to tell what type of mold you have without a test from a qualified lab. Mold Inspection and Testing.