Black Mold

What Is Mold & What Causes Black Mold

Black mold is distinct from other molds because it tends to be dark black. Black mold is also known as Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybotrys atra, and can be found indoors growing on a variety of surfaces, especially things with a high cellulose content like wood, fiberboard, paper, lint, and dust. Black mold can also be greenish or grayish black. It has a distinctive odor that’s musty and mildew-like.

Mold is a type of fungus that grows in filaments and reproduces by forming mold spores that can’t be seen by the eye. Mold can grow and thrive in any season, indoors or outdoors, in damp, warm and humid environments, and it spreads like fire. The mold itself flourishes in warm, moist environments, but mold spores can actually survive in harsh, dry environments. The spores float around in indoor and outdoor air. When the spores land on a moist surface, the mold can then start to grow.

Black mold is most likely to appear in areas of the home that are warm, humid and damp. In addition to showers, basements and crawlspaces that may have leaks or some other sources of moisture, are commonly susceptible to the growth of toxic black mold.

What Causes Black Mold

Moisture joined with warmth in any environment is the major black mold. Bathrooms, especially showers, are not the only prime locations for mold. The basement, if there is any water leakage, is another common area for black mold to flourish.

Another place to watch out for black mold is your heating and air conditioning system, which is continuously recycling air. If there is moisture in the air, this can lead to moisture inside the system, which can then lead to mold growth. In addition to the mold actually growing within the inside of the system itself, now you have a system that’s spewing out mold spores into your living space. This is why it’s so important to have your system checked and cleaned regularly, or replaced if the system that contains mold.