Is All Black Mold Toxic?

When homeowners or business owners see or hear of black mold they think of toxic mold? Why? Well the media hype and websites that stress fear rather than solutions to sell you a bill of goods becoming alarmists. There are legitimate cases when it comes to mold and health hazards but most are more allergy induced causing irritable respiratory and breathing problems. Especially for those with chronic asthma and allergies. An example of black mold is in attic where dark or black stains may be visible. A mold that often comes up in New England, Greater Boston, or Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard is usually a cladosporium type species. This is a common mold in the outdoors and the spore counts are much higher than other mold species during the peak of the mold spore elevation season such as Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. As for black toxic mold, which I prefer to as mycotoxin, a species such as Stachybotrys Chartarum or sp. atra. This usually stands in chronic wet areas and is a slow tertiary species. Usually not as airborne as some would think. If stachybotrys species is airborne, it is considered a chronic condition. It’s more of a slimy like substance grayish, greenish more than actual black. Also, other toxic mold species come in a variety of different colors as well, besides black. Remember, the longer water infiltration stands in a basement or living area where the substrate is wet, it has potential for excess mold fungi growth.

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Andy Provitola CMC-Certified Microbial Consultant
Environmental Resources
316 Washington Street
Norwell, MA 02061