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How To: Identify Black Mold

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BobVila
BobVila
 2021-05-03
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There are various types of mold in nature, many non-hazardous, but mold is not something anyone wants to see inside the home. Experts say diseases like toxic mold syndrome have no basis in science and are just media hype; however, mold can cause reactions in people with allergies or weakened immune systems when it grows indoors. Black mold (‘Stachybotrys chartarum’) is a variety of mold that can be particularly tough to remove. It feeds on cellulose-rich building material like wood and drywall and can breed in damp areas. Black mold grows quickly, which is why homeowners must learn how to identify black mold as soon as possible.

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