What is Black Mold? Some Tips on Black Mold Removal for your Columbus Home
Stachybotrys. Although this word sounds more like a member of the kale family, it is actually most knows as being “black mold” or “toxic black mold.” This species of mold are frequently associated with poor indoor air quality that arises after fungal growth on water-damaged building materials.
Regardless of the water source from which this mold grows, there are risks associated with exposure as well as cleanup.
First, a few facts about mold…
- Mold grows best in warm, damp, and humid conditions
- Mold spreads and reproduce by making spores
- We cannot avoid mold spore particles as part of our everyday lives
- There are approximately 100,000 species of mold
- Very little of those are capable of producing disease or toxins
Exposure and Symptoms: What groups of people are most at risk to mold exposure and what symptoms are associated with exposure? For allergy sufferers and persons with existing lung disorders, mold exposure can be difficult. Young children and the elderly are also sensitive. According to the CDC, symptoms may include but are not limited to nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, asthmatic like symptoms or skin irritation.
Killing Mold, Remediation: When it comes to remediating mold it’s always best to hire a professional mold removal or remediation service. These organizations have trained and experienced mold removal technicians that are certified in this process.
Common chemicals used to clean mold include bleach, borax, vinegar, and ammonia. The following talking points should be utilized when mold remediation steps occur.
- Although air movers are standard equipment in during water mitigation, they should not be utilized when mold is present for fear of spreading the mold spores. Should air movers be necessary when mold is present, containment must be established.
- Use of respiratory equipment must be utilized. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has guidelines to follow for such a device. Additionally, PPE (personal protective eyewear) should be used
- Protective suits that seal at the ankle and wrists should be worn.
- An approved HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration system must be used for vacuuming. It’s not sufficient to use a HEPA filter; rather a HEPA vacuuming device is needed.
- Do not eat, drink, or use tobacco when mold remediation is occurring.
Unlike kale, stachybotrys, cannot and should not be consumed, touched, ingested, or inhaled. It can however be safely removed and eliminated with the proper education, training, and techniques.