Let’s start with the basics and understand what black mold is exactly. As you can imagine, we get many calls from homeowners concerned that what they’re encountering is, in fact, black mold. Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is a type of mold that lives on moist surfaces that are rich in cellulose, like drywall, gypsum board, and fiberboard. As the name suggests, it appears as a colony with a black, slimy, or dark green surface. To get even more specific, it’s a variety of microfungus that produces its conidia in slime heads.
Black mold usually grows in areas that have been exposed to excessive amounts of water and humidity. Therefore, you should check for any leaky appliances and things that drip – black mold can grow there. Don’t forget to inspect your trusses (rafters) / and roof sheathing (roof decking), basement (joist and bottom side of the subfloor), ceilings, and crawl space, as they could also allow water and moisture to enter your home. Ready for some good news? If you do, in fact, have black mold, the chances of exposure are rare considering how black mold behaves. Black mold sticks to surfaces, so your risk of exposure is low unless you’re doing something to stir it up.
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