black mold

Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia.

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.
Farlex Financial Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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

The Complete Real Estate Encyclopedia by Denise L. Evans, JD & O. William Evans, JD. Copyright © 2007 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
At a minimum, the study raises new questions about the hazards of exposure to black mold in water-damaged buildings.
The black mold Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly found in water-damaged buildings, had already been linked to people's respiratory irritation and asthma.
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.
However, when he was eleven months old, we moved into a housing unit that had black mold for at least nine months, mostly in our son's bedroom.
While air and groundwater contamination are routine concerns for manufacturers, airborne contaminants, black mold and other issues also affect firms that operate in office buildings.
"Black mold affects human health and is a problem the public should be aware of," Miloff said.
"It's especially important to ask these patients if they see any evidence of black mold at the work site," she added.
"It's especially important to ask these patients if they see any evidence of black mold at the work site," and to report that fact to public health authorities.
By teaming with the Internet marketers at Prospect Genius to create a strong online presence for its bio cleaning company, Bio Restore 24 is working to improve accessibility for customers, while at the same time tracking the effectiveness of its online marketing programs to reach those seeking biohazard cleanup, black mold removal, and other vital property cleaning services.