When most people think of mold, they think of the black growths on their bathroom walls, the stains under their sink, or the speckles on their wall.
When people are asked to describe toxic mold, most respond by saying its black in color.
Let’s debunk some myths by stating these facts:
- Not all mold is toxic.
- Not all black colored mold is toxic.
- Toxic mold types can be other colors than black – white, gray, orange, etc.
- Toxic types of mold are not toxic by themselves. It’s the byproduct they release during growth called mycotoxins that is toxic to humans and animals.
- Non-toxic mold can be dangerous, as well, to certain types of individuals or under certain conditions.
The reason behind the mindset of so many that black mold is toxic is due to one particular kind of mold that is often found in properties contaminated with mold. It is toxic, it is black, and it can lead to some severe health conditions following exposure. It is called Stachybotrys chartarum.
Stachybotrys is the mold people often see in pictures of black mold and is the mold usually referred to when people refer to toxic mold indoors, black or otherwise.
If Stachybotrys is found inside of a property following a mold inspection, at any elevated level, it is recommended that remediation and decontamination of the property be pursued to ensure the safety of occupants.
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