refer to "black mold"
or "toxic mold," it is
often their way of scaring homeowners
into purchasing expensive services
that are not necessary. The fact
is, however, most molds are toxic
to some degree ? regardless of what
they're called. Furthermore, many
mold types produce black spores
(not just one), so identifying a
specific species of "toxic
black mold" is beyond the knowledge
of the average individual.
Certain types of “toxic black
mold” may pose a greater threat
to sensitized individuals, and therefore
should be identified and treated
by professionals if a problem is
suspected. Stachybotrys chartarum
is often found where there has been
a significant amount of water damage
or a smaller amount of water but
over a prolonged period (i.e. a
slow drip leak) and specifically
on Sheetrock, ceiling tiles, and
paper products (cardboard, books).
Stachybotrys, and many other molds,
can be harmful to people who are
sensitive to them or their by-products
(VOC’s, mycotoxins, allergens).
Other black molds known to cause
health problems include Aspergillus,
Cladosporium, and Aureobasidium.
Some places where abnormal
mold can be found: