Not All Black Mold is Toxic Mold
Contrary to popular belief, not all the mold we find that appears black or dark in color is toxic to humans or our pets. There are hundreds of thousands of mold species that have been identified, but only a small percentage are toxic to us.
Common Types of Toxic Mold
Mold is toxic because these single-celled organisms release mycotoxins. Mycotoxins often give humans and animals negative side effects that range from allergy symptoms (runny nose, coughing, watery eyes) to serious nerve damage if exposed for a lengthy amount of time. Here are the toxic molds that mold remediation companies commonly find:
Black Mold Isn’t Toxic Mold
Just because you find a few dark spots in the shower doesn’t mean you should pack up your things and move! It’s always best to contact a mold removal company such as BGS Environmental Services if you find a colony in your basement, attic or elsewhere. Getting the mold tested will eliminate your fears as well as help the remediation company determine the best way to get rid of the problem.
Usually black mold will not cause you and your family health problems — but it could harm your house — whereas toxic mold will give itself away by affecting your immune systems. Not sure what type of mold you’re dealing with in your home? Contact our expert mold removal company in Quincy MA today!