Do You Know Black Mold?
Every homeowner fears black mold, but what is it? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in wet spots and is often found around condensation or anywhere near neglected water damage. These spores enter the house through windows, other entrances or brought in on personal items and coats. Although most molds found in your house are harmless, black mold leads to health issues after years of exposure.
What are the Health Risks?
Black mold is a toxic mold with airborne toxins. Symptoms include chronic coughing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat as well as skin rashes. In addition, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. Particularly serious cases of prolonged exposure to black mold can be more life threatening. Often compounded by allergic reaction to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
More about Mold
Mold doesn’t take long to permeate walls, floors and ceilings. Whenever your home experiences water damage, you should have a Paul Davis technician check the walls for mold infestations. They can go ignored for weeks, and then spring up virtually overnight.
Once mold creates colonies in your property, it immediately breeds and discharges toxins that make life difficult for occcupants:
- Mold emanates a pungent, musty scent that stops rooms from smelling clean.
- Mold causes serious problems for allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, making symptoms flare up.
- A black mold infestation can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.
- Mold toxins can activate long-lasting inflammation and ongoing cold-like symptoms.
- People with weakened immune systems can get systemic infections of the lungs, skin, or digestive tract.
- In rare instances, mold toxins can cause neurological issues or even death.
- The more prolonged the exposure, the more severe the danger.
Unusually damp homes and offices can be subject to mold infestations even if no water damage has occurred. If you see or smell something that could be mold, get an expert opinion immediately.
If you want to eradicate mold, the setting where it thrives must first be eliminated. Water sources have to be handled, and any remaining moisture must be thoroughly dried out. Only then can mold removal and remediation start.
Whether a dripping roof, burst pipe, or other opening, it isn’t enough to curtail the tide. Moisture can drench hidden portions of your home. Without proper cleanup procedures, mold will keep coming back to these spots.
Call Paul Davis now if you think your home contains black mold. Our team inspects for presence of black mold before treatment. You can rely on our specialists to eliminate black mold quickly. Don’t risk your health, request a black mold inspection now.