Test results from Bellevue – Condominium High-rise 1st floor unit
The test results did have the "Black Mold" present, but please keep in mind there are over 30 thousand kinds of mold with most of them being dark in color only the lab can determine if it is truly toxic "Black Mold"
Stachybotrys and Chaetomium molds were found in both rooms.
Effects on humans from Wikipedia.
Stachybotrys:Depending on the length of exposure and volume of spores inhaled or ingested, symptoms can manifest as chronic fatigue or headaches, fever, irritation to various areas including the eyes, mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat, as well as other symptoms such as sneezing, rashes, and chronic coughing. In severe cases of exposure or cases exacerbated by allergic reaction, symptoms can be extreme including nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
Chaetomium:Chaetomium spp. is also encountered as causative agents of infections in humans. A few cases of fatal deep infections due to Chaetomium atrobrunneum have been reported in the immune compromised host. Other clinical syndromes include brain abscess, peritonitis, and onychomycosis.
After AMS remediation.
Final Testing 7/6/2005: #1 Living Room #2 Bedroom
No toxic molds found only common molds. Air testing consists of at least 2 test, inside in the area of contaminants and one 10 ft outside the entry door. Inside usually has to be equal to or less than outside; outside test tells the Lab what spores come in as you go in and out. Both inside tests are significantly less than outside and no toxic molds present. Confirmation from the Lab that remediation was successful.
This situation did result in a law suit where the owners sued the condo association, since the association is responsible to eliminate moisture sources from the HVAC chase. Instead they just changed out the ceiling tiles once the mold was visible and did not correct the moisture source. This resulted in the association settling with the clients out of court once AMS depositions were complete and negligence on the part of the association was established.