What is Black Mould?
Although the term “Black Mould” sounds scarier than just “Mould”, it is just a misconception about the type of mould.
There are millions of mould species currently existing, and most of them are black.
When people talk about “Black Mould”, there are most likely referring to a type called Stachybotrys atra.
Is Black Mould Dangerous?
The effect of Black Mould on your health is the same as any other of the millions of types of mould out there, and there is not currently any scientific evidence that exposure to it is more dangerous than any other type.
If you are a relatively healthy person with regular immune system function, mould may not present any danger to your health. However, some people may be more sensitive than others, such as people affected by breathing conditions like asthma or allergies.
Mould reproduces by producing tiny particles called spores that travel through the air, which, when inhaled in large quantities can pose some health risks to such people. Symptoms can include itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing and a blocked or running nose.
Is Black Mould Toxic?
Although mould itself is not toxic, some mould can produce toxins that can lead to mould poisoning. It is a common belief that black mould produces a toxin called mycotoxin; however, any mould can produce mycotoxin. Just because mould is present does not mean it is producing these toxins.
Research suggest that mycotoxins have a link to serious health effects, including mycotoxicosis and other symptoms such as:
- Aches, headaches
- Memory Loss
- Changes in mood
However, there is no current proof that those symptoms are caused by mycotoxins themselves.
Black Mould Removal
Black mould not only looks awful in your home but also can give a very unpleasant, murky smell and do permanent damage to your home, belongings and furnishings.
The DIY approach is not recommended as you may not be treating the problem from its root cause, and although it is possible to do it yourself, mould will keep growing without your knowledge until you have addressed the source.
Book an initial inspection to assess the levels of contamination and identify what could be causing the mould to grow in your property.