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What Is That Black Stuff?

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of Stachybotrys chartarum or also known as black mold Stachybotrys chartarum or black mold

There’s slimy, black stuff growing near the pipes in the bathroom of your business. From the little you’ve been told; it could be mold. You have your suspicions as to what it might be, but how do you know for sure? Will it harm your employees? Read on to learn more about Stachybotrys chartarum or black mold.

How Does It Grow?

This type of mold is actually very common. Mold spores enter your place of business from the outside where customers are entering and leaving through the doorways and it can enter through the vents of the air conditioning system. Spores can also ride in on people’s clothing. Once spores attach themselves to moisture-ridden locations, they start to grow. Just like other types of mold, it grows in areas where there could be a moisture problem, such as:

  • offices or rooms with high humidity;
  • water leakage around damaged pipes;
  • suites flooded due to heavy rain; and
  • wet carpet

The persistence of damp and humid areas allows the mold to continue growing.

How To Fight It?

Be proactive to take measures against black mold.

Pay attention to the humidity levels in the building. The amount should be 50% or less. Check your air conditioning system to verify if there is a dehumidifier built-in. If not, purchase one to help with the moisture.
Locate and repair all pipes which have any water leakage.
Clean bathrooms or other high moisture areas with mold-killing products.
Be sure there is adequate ventilation using exhaust fans.
Do not put carpet where there is a possibility of humidity. If there is wet carpeting, pull it out and throw it away.

If you are unsure about a likely issue with black mold and the damage it can cause, a mold remediation specialist in Pine Harbor,NC, can answer your questions. Although mold cleanup may be a costly endeavor, the health and safety of your employees is your priority.

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