What is Black Mold?

Mold is often associated with an unclean environment, water damage, rotten stench and basically any dungeon/castle/cave horror flick setting. And while it may make us comfortable to relegate mold infestations to unwashed, medieval scenes, the fact is that up to 40% of American schools and 25% of American homes have mold colonies.


Yes, most mold needs dampness, and a lot of it, to grow. However, it’s not easy to monitor the unseen functional pieces of the buildings we occupy – out of sight, out of mind. This is why it is so important to get your home or business professionally evaluated for mold infestations. Because not only is mold unsightly, but there are species that can have some serious negative effects on our health.


Black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum), is just one of the mold types with a correlation with adverse health effects. Mycotoxins are chemical toxins that are present on the surface of mold spores and then released into the air that we breathe. Mycotoxins of different molds have different effects, with black mold’s symptoms being on the more dangerous side of the spectrum.


People diagnosed with black mold poisoning, an effect present after long-term exposure to black mold mycotoxins, experienced headaches, sore throat, memory loss, autoimmune disease, dermatitis, and even hair loss.


If you are concerned about a possible mold infestation in your home or business, contact Superior Air Duct Cleaning to evaluate and eradicate any possibly harmful mold in your ventilation system. Let’s keep the mold in the monster movies and keep your family, clients, and employees breathing easy.




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