Black mould is the name given to a very specific type of mould. Commonly known as ‘Stachybotrys chartarum’ and it is surprisingly common in many houses with poor ventilation, damp problems and excess moisture in the air.
Mould problems such as black mould can be cured effectively with professional help. If the area is a small one, under 0.3 m² then it may be tackled by the company or resident experiencing the problem. However, it is unusual for that to really solve the issue. All that you are doing by removing the physical obvious residue is just delaying the growth. Mould and black mould in particular is there for a reason, caused by excess moisture either in the air or on the physical substance it has grown on. Removing the issue is essential.
Mould and black mould in particular can damage furniture, fabrics such as curtains and sofas, walls and floors. We have briefly touched on the harmful effects to human health, now look at this a little more seriously.
All buildings, new and old, are potentially at risk from black mould and it can appear in any part of the home where there is a damp stagnant atmosphere.
Mould Health Problems
Mould and in particular has long been associated with ill health in both humans and animals. It is particularly prominent amongst the young, elderly and anybody with respiratory problems such as asthma. Problems associated with mould issues include :
- Difficulty breathing due to respiratory problems
- Eye irritations from the spores
- Skin rashes from contact
- Sever effects can be caused by the toxins
Mould and black mould has an appearance which changes over time. The common miss-conception is that it is only dangerous when it becomes powdery and releases spores. This is not the case. Mould and black mould in particular goes through a number of stages of growth. It is important to note that black mould can effect your health at any stage of growth.
Black mould will start if a very dark green colour with concentric rings forming as it grows. Black mould will also be slimy in consistency and moist to the touch.
Black mould starts to grow in hidden ares first of all such as behind walls and under floor boards:
- In loft spaces - can be caused by hot water tanks, header tanks, leaking pipes and leaking roofs
- In cellars - caused by damp poorly ventilated areas
- Under floorboards - poorly ventilated, can usually be caused by leaking pipes and toilets with slow leaks over time
- Behind wallpapers - trapped damp and moisture behind wallpaper causes the creation of mould
Signs Of Black Mould
Black mould can be hard to spot and due to the nature of where the black mould can be, as described in the paragraph above. Signs of mould can include any of the following:
- Black mould appearing at the moist areas around the window cills
- Damp smell, very common in basements and roof voids, under floorboards
- Increased respiratory issues such as coughing
- Skin rashes causes by touching the black mould
How To Get Rid Of Mould
Mould and in particular black mould is predominantly caused by moisture. Tackle the source of the mould first of all before tackling the mould. Once you have sorted the mould issue then you will be able to tackle the mould issue. Most black mould removal requires specialist help from experts. At CPL we are the experts in mould removal in West and East Sussex, Surrey and Kent. We tackle all sorts of jobs large and small eliminating the source of the mould and in removing the mould completely.
For more information on how to remove the black mould yourself please visit the following page.
For mould removal we use the very latest in detection systems to identify and destroy the black mould. We use moisture detectors and thermal imagery to detect hot and cold spots synonymous with leaks.