Black fungus

The term "Black fungus" does not refer to a specific fungus. Any fungus that appears black is simply labeled as black fungus by the general public. Below are some of the fungi that people tend to consistently refer to as black fungus. Black nail fungus Fungi that cause nail infection are not necessarily black. However, since the nail tends to turn black, people talk of black fungus under the nail. Black fungus under the nails is about the last thing that anyone would want, yet fungal nail … [Read more...]

Stachybotrys – The Black Mold Demystified

Since the 1993-1994 unusual outbreak of pulmonary hemorrhage (lung breeding) in infants in Cleveland, Ohio, that was then thought to be due to  exposure to Stachybotrys, the health effects associated with this mold have remained controversial. Frequently referred to as the Black Mold by the general public, Stachybotrys has probably caused more economic and psychological agony than ill-health. The mold has resulted in multimillion dollar remediations and litigations. Stachybotrys was first … [Read more...]

Black Mold Symptoms Explained

The phrase "black mold symptoms" is one of the most searched phrases regarding health effects of mold. The general public believes that black mold is dangerous. However, the term "black mold" does not refer to a specific type of mold. Similarly there are no symptoms specific to "black mold". A number of molds that grow indoors may appear black. Generally all molds regardless of their color are potentially a health hazard if allowed to grow indoors. Symptoms of Mold Exposure The term "black … [Read more...]

Black Mould

Question:  My tenants are saying that there is black mould in my rental townhouse. I've replaced fixtures in the bathrooms, stopped leaks and spent thousands of dollars but they are still bringing in the local public health inspector. I'm allergic to black mould myself and have been in while damaged drywall was being removed. I handled it myself with no ill effects and observed the joist cavities being treated with mould inhibiting sprays and 'killex'. Should I be worried that my tenants … [Read more...]

Black Mold Question

Question: We have black mold in our basement along the wall where water damage occurred 5 years ago. It has been there for some time and the basement smells terribly musty. I have developed an allergic reaction in my eyes, and my father's coughing has worsened. We would like to have the black mold tested as soon as possible. Since the black mold is in the concrete wall, how would we extract samples? Thank you for your help. Answer: To get a sample of the black mold, please get clear … [Read more...]

Black mold on walls

Question: I had a lot of black mold or at least I thought that's what it was so I took a blow torch and burned it off. It hasn't come back but now I found a growth of some kind almost like a very fine hair, some of which is about an inch long and a gray color. I put the torch to it as well but this growth turned into a liquid and some would drop on the floor and some would stay on the walls and looked like a clear lacquer. I torched it about 4 days ago and now it has dried completely and the … [Read more...]

Green and black mold

Question:  In my basement in the corner wall we have a large amount of green and black mold growing. It has been raining a lot lately and has been very damp.  We have a finished basement, chip rock painted and the mold is growing on that. Can you tell the type of mold by the color? Is this a real bad thing? Is the mold growing in the walls or just on the out side? What should be done to fix this problem? Answer: It’s difficult to identify mold on color alone especially when growing on say a … [Read more...]

Black mold in the basement

Question: We have black mold in our basement along the wall where water damage occurred 5 years ago. It has been there for some time and the basement smells terribly musty. I have developed an allergic reaction in my eyes and my father's coughing has worsened. We would like to have it tested as soon as possible. Since the mould is in the concrete wall, how would we extract samples? Thank you for your help.   Answer: To get a sample of the mold, please get clear scotch tape. Cut about 3 … [Read more...]

Black Mold Symptoms

When it comes to indoor mold, "Black Mold" is one of the most searched phrases on Google, Yahoo and MSN. According to the SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool, daily total search for "black mold" from Google, Yahoo and MSN is about 710 and if we include all phrases that contain the phrase "black mold", the total daily search from the 3 search engines comes to about 1700. But what is "Black Mold"? It refers to a mold known by the scientific name as Stachybotrys chartarum. It is not the only mold … [Read more...]

Black Mold Growth In Buildings

The black mold, Stachybotrys chartarum, is the mold feared most by the general public. It's one of the molds used as indicators of moisture damage in a building. Black mold thrives on wet materials rich in cellulose. It's commonly isolated from soil and decaying plant matter such as straw. In buildings black mold is found growing on very wet gypsum board, wallpaper, cotton fabrics and textiles,  and other materials containing cellulose. Unlike some other indoor molds such as Aspergillus and … [Read more...]