Stachybotrys Mold – What You Need To Know
Stachybotrys is also known as toxic black mold, and this is the number one “baddie” in the home mold family. Commonly referred to simply as “stachy”, this is a type of mold that isn’t universally black, and it can manifest with a black or dark green appearance as well as a slimy or moist texture. This is a type of mold that can grow and thrive in your home after you’ve experienced a leak or flood, and one of the biggest reasons that all homes should consider thorough waterproofing before finding themselves with ideal mold growth conditions.
Unlike other types, you won’t find stachybotrys mold growing on concrete, tile, or linoleum, and this type of mold needs a food source high in cellulose to thrive. Where you’re most likely to find this type of mold is on once wet paper, wood, or drywall, as this provides the mold with a perfect food source from which it can continue growing. If you’re looking at a black or dark green peppery type of mold on your tile wall, and you’re afraid it may be black mold, you’re far more likely to be working with a mold species called cladosporium, which is relatively harmless when compared to stachybotrys.
Stachybotrys is called “toxic black mold” not only due to its color, but its ability to produce chemicals called mycotoxins, which wreak havoc on the body. As this mold is allowed to grow in the home, humans and animals breathe in the spores through their lungs, allowing the mycotoxins into the bloodstream as symptoms begin to manifest. Some signs that you’ve been breathing in toxic black mold are wheezing, headaches, dizziness, skin rashes, and allergy type reactions, but these symptoms can grow severe in those with health conditions or asthma.
If you think you may have the toxic black mold stachybotrys in your home, it’s crucial that you trust this cleanup job to the professionals. Only professionals in mold remediation can safely treat and remove the mold from your space without the risk of further health complications, and this is a service we offer at AA Action Waterproofing. If you wish to learn more about our mold removal services for any reason, simply call us today at AA Action Waterproofing.