Toxic Black Mold (Stachybotrys)

The effects of mold can vary a lot depending on what species of mold you are dealing with. One of the worst types of mold that can be found in your home is the famous “Toxic Black Mold” or Stachybotrys chartarum. If your home contains any of this species, a mold inspector will always suggest professional remediation.

Common Places For Black Mold

Mold has to have moisture to thrive as well as nutrients and preferably a dark space. This species of mold is almost exclusive to growing on cellulose (paper) products, which is why it is often found on water damaged drywall. Many people will suggest good lighting to prevent mold but in cases where it is behind drywall, that is irrelevant.

If you suspect that your home may be subject to black mold contamination, you should always get a professional mold inspection company to test your home. This is a very toxic mold that can permanently damage your health and even cause death in some cases. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible. Make sure the inspector is part of a “test only” firm to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

Signs Of Black Mold

This mold is not like a lot of molds because there is often a very slimy, slick, and shiny outer layer. This layer may appear to have a green sheen and be gelatinous. If the mold is old or, the source of moisture has been eliminated the mold may appear powdery. This is a dangerous mold in all forms so never try to remove it without consulting a professional. Special respirators and protective equipment are needed to contain and dispose of a mold, so it doesn’t harm others.

It is important to know that you may not always see this species in the state as described above. If the source of the problem is behind a wall which it often is, you may only see some light growth coming through at first.

Symptoms Of Black Mold Exposure

The symptoms of black mold poisoning are severe and should never be ignored.

Skin irritation



Internal Organ Damage

Mental Illness and Brain Damage


Gastrointestinal Distress

Damaged Immune System

A Timely Response Is Essential

Black mold causes more damage the longer it is in your home. An expert can determine just how bad the problem is so you can make the most logical choice for cleaning and repair. The consequences of black mold are not worth it. The health of you and your family is at stake, so it is important to realize the situation you are in. As we mentioned previously, there is no acceptable amount of Stachybotrys in an indoor environment and remediation should always be handled by a professional restoration company.

Limiting Black Mold Exposure

If your home tests positive for black mold, it may be suggested that you vacate the premises while the remediation is taking place. The process of black mold removal can actually cause the indoor air quality to get worse before it gets better as cleaning and disturbing the mold causes it to go airborne.

Prevention Is Key

Black mold requires water to grow. Homeowners should check for leaks regularly to prevent any mold. This includes roof, windows, pipes , foundation and fixtures. Sometimes slow leaks can be the worst because they go unnoticed for a long period of time. Regular checkups on all of your homes systems can be a good way to avoid these types of problems.