black mold

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Black Mold

A fungus associated with poor air quality indoors. Economically, it can be a concern when considering the purchase of a water damaged building. Its scientific name is Stachybotrys chartarum.

black mold

Refers to Stachybotrys chartarum, called stachy for short, a greenish black mold that can grow in parts of a structure exposed to constant moisture. The fungus can produce toxins harmful or even fatal to humans and has been identified in the sick building syndrome. There are some very dark dematiaceous hyphomycetes that look very similar; confirmation of stachy must be made after miscroscope examination.This is an area of widespread litigation and should be a cause of concern to both buyers and sellers of real estate. (For more information, visit the Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

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Among different sorts of mold, black mold is extensively found inside and outside residences.
Among various kinds of mold, black mold is widely found inside and outside homes.
I have also inspected many attics with black mold, which is generally caused by excessive moisture convecting from the living spaces into the attic through a variety of avenues.
And in this case here, if any other society or any other person [reported] that black mold was confirmed in any building that they worked in or lived in, they would be evacuated immediately," said Dakota Plains ChiefOrville Smoke.
Toxic mold, Stachybotrys chartarum or black mold, naturally grows in indoor environments where there is constant moisture; it can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, like fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust and lint.
With or without legislation, it's our responsibility to disclose black mold as another inspection buyers and sellers may perform to protect their investment.
It's especially important to ask these patients if they see any evidence of black mold at the work site," she added.
When AAA Emergency Services responds to a service call, a trusted certified technician will be at the affected home or business within 1 hour to review the damage and help make the decisions that will save money and prevent water damage from turning into devastating black mold and / or structural damage.
Black mold, he said, is unhealthy and can show up weeks or months later if not removed properly.
Forensic investigator Dan Bridge, who got his start working on black mold issues a decade ago, joked that he keeps a shrine of a piece of drywall in his home.