What is Black Mold?
Every homeowner fears black mold, but what is it? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) grows in damp spots and is often found in areas where condensation has collected or where there’s been water damage. Spores come into your home by doors, small openings and can also be brought in on personal items and clothing. While most molds found in your home aren’t dangerous, this species leads to health issues with years of exposure.
What are the Health Risks?
Black mold is a toxic species of mold with airborne toxins. Symptoms include chronic coughing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat and rashes. Other symptoms include chronic fatigue and persistent headaches. Nausea, vomiting and bleeding in the lungs and nose occur in the most serious cases of long term exposure.
Black mold grows quickly, so you should never delay calling a professional to inspect for mold growth. They can go ignored for weeks, and then appear essentially overnight.
Once mold creates colonies in your living space, it quickly grows and releases toxins that make life difficult for inhabitants:
- Mold emanates a pungent, mildewed scent that prevents rooms from smelling fresh.
- Mold wreaks havoc on allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, causing a physical reaction.
- A black mold infestation can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.
- Mold toxins can cause long-lasting inflammation and constant cold-like symptoms.
- People with weakened immune systems can get systemic infections of the lungs, skin, or digestive tract.
- In rare cases, mold toxins can cause neurological concerns or even death.
- The more lengthy the exposure, the more severe the danger.
Unusually damp homes and offices can be subject to mold infestations even if no water damage has happened. If you see or smell something that could be mold, get an skillful opinion right away.
If you want to eradicate mold, the environment where it flourishes must first be removed. Water sources have to be dealt with, and any residual moisture must be efficiently dried out. Only then can mold elimination and remediation start.
Whether a leaky roof, burst pipe, or other entry point, it isn’t enough to close the tide. Moisture can soak hidden portions of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep returning to these areas.
Call Paul Davis today if your home has black mold. We safely inspect and confirm the presence of black mold before treatment. Depend on our contractors to eliminate black mold effectively. Keep your family safe, call for a black mold inspection today.