This article discusses what mold is, the health hazards of molds as well as ways of removing black mold and how to kill it. What products and killing black mold plans work and what fungus solutions don’t work.
VIDEO: What Is Stachybotrys Chartarum Or Black Mold And What You Can Do
According to a publication of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, nearly 40 percent of homes in the USA alone have some type of mold trouble. This startling fact, along with the potential health hazards associated with toxic black mold, undoubtedly has many people greatly concerned. In fact, it is now estimated that more than 24 million people in the United States suffer from the effects of mold poisoning. You’re not alone.
Are you suffering from chronic fatigue, severe headaches, difficulty in breathing, loss of memory, sore eye irritation, annoying throat or nose issues, strange rashes or ceaseless coughing and sneezing? Did you know that exposure to mold spores from this strain of fungi over a long period of time can cause relentless allergic reactions as well as painful vomiting, bleeding in the lungs, bleeding from the nose and chronic diarrhea? The sad fact is that most people don’t even realize that they could be the victims of the dangerous effects from inhaling mold spores.
Also known as Stachybotrys Chartarum, black mold is described as a greenish and black colored fungus that is usually seen in moist or damp areas of homes and buildings. Also, this black fungus can be seen on breads, in the corners of bathroom ceilings, in the carpet, on your clothing and even your leather furniture.
What many are not aware of is that some molds create metabolites and it is these metabolites that produce the dangerous toxins. These are called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can easily become airborne. If you are breathing black mold spores and mycotoxins, you can definitely become quite ill.
The key to the growth of mold is rather simple. Though these “conditions” may vary for different mold types, black mold requires the following:
• Damp and humid conditions. Moisture is key to mold growth
• Moderate temperatures most commonly warmth
• Mold spores need nutrients to grow into mold. Organic and usually cellulose
• Some small amount of light
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So what are the best ways for removing black mold ? Here are some ideas…
Naturally, that really depends upon the severity of the mold problem. One should be aware that mold spores are always present, no matter what we do. However, there are excellent methods you can use to help keep these mycotoxins and spores down and save your health.
1. Find the Mold In Your Home or Building: Look for locations where there may be moisture present. This can be a leaking pipe or a water damaged section of drywall. Check for leaks in the roof and be sure to take a look in your homes crawl space for mold colonies. Wet carpet, plywood, cardboard, leather and even the paper on drywall are all great food sources for mold in buildings.
2. Remove A Source: Take away at least one of the black mold growth criteria from the equation (as listed above). This means if you locate a leaking pipe. Get it fixed ASAP. If you find fungal conditions in your basement or crawl space, such as organic matter that mold spores feed on, remove them.
Believe it or not, I found hay in my crawl space! What it was doing there, I’ll never know but it made for a great snack for black mold. Safely, do all you can to eliminate moisture, organic matter and even humid conditions (where possible). Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent mold spore exposure. The collected debris and dust should be stored in impervious bags or containers in a manner to prevent any release of debris. Be sure to use this type of MASK if working in a suspected high concentration of mycotoxins and mold spores in the house.
3. Removing Black Molds and Cleanup Mold Killers: Safety First! Whenever you are cleaning up mold, you should always wear PPE or Personal Protective Equipment. To prevent inhaling mold spores, you will need a Particulate Respirator – N95 or N100 or better and N.I.O.S.H. approved.
It’s also a great idea to wear a Re-usable/Disposable PPE Suit with hoodie so you can prevent getting black mold spores, mycotoxins in contact with your clothing and skin. Additionally, this will keep the fungus off of your clothes. You will also need proper, long, gloves that extend to the mid-forearm.
Only use fitted or full face goggles with no vents. Ideally, a mold cleaning kit with safety goggles and an N-95 rated respirator is best. Non-toxic, biodegradable Mold Clean Up Kit with respirator and proper gloves.
Pre packaged and ready to go, this will save you money. Use a quality biocide to kill the mold. I recommend proven, natural, organic mold cleaning products or green products. They are highly effective and do not contain the harsh chemicals found in other brands.
4. Use A Proper Vacuum: Some vacuums work better than others. A good wet/dry vacuum can do much of the mold job very well. When using a wet vacuum, make sure that there is sufficient moisture and wet materials. If there isn’t enough liquid, it could expel mold spores into the air. A quality HEPA Vacuum is used for the final clean up stages in the mold removal process.
5. Non-Porous Damp Wiping: On a surface like metal, hardwood, plastic, concrete or glass, be sure to scrape off as much of the fungus as you can. Then remove visible black mold spots from non-porous surfaces by first wiping with a general detergent and water. Next, be sure to allow the surface area to dry thoroughly so as to prevent further black mold from growing. Finally, scrub the surface with a good moldicide cleaner.
6. Remove The Mold and Debris: Remember that just killing the black mold is not enough. You need to remove it from the premises and store it in an impermeable bag or container and this should be done in the same area. Take care in the process so that you minimize distribution of mold spores and mycotoxins.
Disclaimer: This one article cannot satisfy the needs for every removing black mold problem. There are many levels of mold damage ranging from the small 10 square foot area on up. This article addresses Level 1 and Level 2 type scenarios and is written to help provide great information for minor to medium level fungal issues. Should you encounter an extreme case of mold, CONTACT A Certified Mold Professional immediately!
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“Should you be worried about mold? Yes. Because it can ruin your home, your health and be can extremely labor intensive and expensive to get rid of. Let me give you the story of the mold inspector who suffered from a mild stroke..”
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