The goal of this article is not to frighten or intimidate you; it is to make you aware of the dangers of black mold. It is important that you understand the cause and know how to take preventative measures. This article can be used as your personal black mold removal checklist.

Understanding The Dangers
An individual who has been exposed to toxic black mold may suffer from many health issues; they may experience memory loss, asthma, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, headaches, dizziness, coughing and in some cases infertility. This fungus is not to be taken lightly; it is responsible for approximately 100 different types of lung conditions. Depending on the amount of time an individual has been exposed to the fungus, it could cause respiratory bleeding, which could cause death to infants.

Identifying The Problem
The most important step on this mold removal checklist is identifying the initial cause of the fungus. In most cases the mold will grow due to water accumulation or if you have an area in your home with a high relative humidity, which is usually 55% or higher.

If water accumulation is the cause of your mold, identify the problem and make repairs immediately. If you feel that your humidity level may be the problem, this can easily be detected by using a moisture meter. If you find that humanity is the cause this can easily be rectified by using a dehumidifier in that particular room.

It is crucial to address the problem immediately, as in most instances it only takes 48 hours for toxic black mold to germinate and grow.

Quarantine The Area
Before you begin the process of mold removal, it is critical that you take preventative measures to keep the fungus from spreading to other areas of your residence or workplace. Chances are that the mold will become airborne during the removal process; this is why it is important for you to quarantine each area being cleaned. The main means of transportation for this fungus is dust particles.

Each infected area should be cleaned individually. Since the removal process is likely to disturb the mold, causing it to be airborne, it is recommended to quarantine each area as you clean.

Cleaning The Toxic Black Mold
If the infected area is dry, it is advised that you lightly mist the molded area before attempting to remove the mold. A dry moldy area provides the perfect condition to be airborne during the cleaning process. This is something that we want to avoid if at all possible.

Clean the infected area with soap to remove as much of the fungus as possible. Next, use a disinfectant to kill any remaining mold spores. All areas that have been clean should be allowed to thoroughly dry before allowing it to be reused, especially in the case of infants.