How to Identify Toxic Black Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally in most places. They’re indoors, they’re outdoors, they’re everywhere we go. And so, removing them entirely from a space is an impractical and impossible feat. While 28% of Americans have genes that make them highly-susceptible to mold-related health issues, there’s one major mold that everyone should beware of: toxic black mold.

The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County warn that toxic black mold can grow indoors in your home or business without you being the wiser. Here’s how to identify the mold and the symptoms of exposure.

Symptoms of Exposure
Symptoms of long-term exposure to toxic black mold are often mistaken for the flu or the common cold. Those with a weakened immune system or poor health conditions may experience more serious symptoms. Symptoms of exposure often include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy/Runny nose
  • Itchy/Watering eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Nosebleeds

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and suspect it could be mold-related, it’s important to contact a professional to inspect your home or business for toxic black mold.

Identifying Black Mold
Black mold is noticeable but isn’t always the easiest to identify. It needs moisture to survive, so it often appears to be slimy or to have a top layer of wet-looking fungus or cluster of spores. There are, however, several types of mold that are often mistaken for “Stachybotrys” or toxic black mold, say the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County. Nigrospora and Cladosporium are two common types of black colored mold that may cause allergic reactions, but are not known to be toxic. Both molds appear black in color, but are not considered toxic black mold like the Stachybotryst strain.

These molds may be found anyplace dark and damp with a continuous supply of moisture. Places like shower caulking or the grout between tiles. But to truly identify toxic black mold, you’ll need to reach out to a professional to inspect the mold and assess the livability or workability of your space. If you’re unsure about mold growth in your space, it’s best to take action while you can. After all, peace of mind if a priceless thing. 

Do you suspect black mold is growing in your home or business? The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County are on-call around-the-clock with 24-hour emergency service. Contact them today to learn more about mold prevention or mitigation if your home or business is in need of assistance: (609)-624-0202

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