Identifying and Treating Black Mould

By Wirral Waterproofing

Black mould is a common problem in homes that suffer from condensation. The humid conditions and damp walls form an ideal breeding ground for this particular species of fungus. It has been linked over the years with respiratory problems, particularly in children, making it both unsightly and a serious health concern.

Interesting Fact

Black mould (also known as toxic black mould) is a specific type of microfungus called stachybotrys chartarum. Originally discovered in 1837 by a Czech mycologist August Carl Joseph Corda, black mould is most commonly found in damp wallpaper and plasterwork.

What Causes Black Mould?

Black mould is usually caused by condensation settling on the walls and other cold surfaces. This leaves behind a damp residue, which is all the mould needs to thrive. Other potential causes are minor leaks and damp, though often these result in too wet an environment and are more likely to produce wet rot.

Identifying Black Mould

Black mould is easy to identify. Unlike other common species of mould, it is black in colour, so it’s hard to miss on your walls. Furthermore, it gives off a noticeable smell of damp, as these are the conditions in which it thrives. If you really want to be sure, wipe across the surface with a cloth or sponge – the black mould will be wet and slimy to the touch.

Treating Black Mould

There are several home remedies you can use to remove black mould, including baking soda, vinegar, and bleach. All of these are highly-effective at killing off black mould spores. You can also buy specialist chemical cleaners for the same job. At Wirral Waterproofing, we assess the affected area first, before deciding which treatment will work best in your particular situation.

Preventing Black Mould

Once you have removed the existing black mould, you need to ensure that the conditions that allowed it to grow are no longer present. Failure to do so will just mean more black mould growing in its place. You may need to locate and repair any source of damp or leak. Alternatively, you might have to perform a course of condensation treatment.

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