Good Housekeeping: How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Your Home
By Dan Diclerico
So-called black mold is a double whammy for homeowners. Not only is the toxigenic fungi potentially harmful to your health, it's a sure sign of a serious moisture issue in your home. Fortunately, like any mold, it can be eliminated with the right combination of supplies, know-how and good old-fashioned elbow grease.
The truth is, there’s no single species of black mold out there. Lots of different molds are black in color, but you could never tell what's what in your home unless you had it tested by a lab (and it almost never makes sense to do that).
When people talk about “black mold,” they’re usually referring to Stachybotrys chartarum, a greenish-black mold that can grow on damp building materials, including drywall and fiberboard, explains Kevin Kennedy, Director of the Environmental Health Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City.
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