Combating Black Mold
Every homeowner worries about black mold, but do you know what it is? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in moist environments and is most commonly seen around condensation or pools or stagnant water inside. Spores enter the home through windows, other openings and can also be tracked on personal items and coats. While most fungus around your home aren’t dangerous, black mold can cause illness if neglected.
Health Effects of Black Mold
Black mold is a poisonous species of mold with spores. Symptoms include chronic sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat and rashes. Other symptoms include chronic fatigue and persistent headaches. Particularly severe cases of long-term contact to black mold are more life threatening. Often compounded by an allergy to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
Black mold grows quickly, so you should never postpone calling a professional to inspect for mold growth. They can go unnoticed for weeks, and then spring up virtually overnight.
Once mold produces colonies in your living space, it immediately grows and discharges toxins that make life difficult for inhabitants:
- Mold emanates a strong, musty scent that stops rooms from smelling clean.
- Mold causes problems for allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, causing a physical reaction.
- A black mold infestation can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
- Mold toxins can activate chronic inflammation and ongoing cold-like symptoms.
- People with compromised immune systems can get systemic infections of the lungs, skin, or digestive tract.
- In rare instances, mold toxins can cause neurological problems or even death.
- The more extended the exposure, the more severe the danger.
Unusually damp homes and offices can be vulnerable to mold infestations even if no water damage has happened. If you see or smell something that could be mold, get an skillful opinion immediately.
If you want to eradicate mold, the setting where it flourishes must first be removed. Water sources have to be dealt with, and any residual moisture must be thoroughly dried out. Only then can mold removal and remediation start.
Whether a dripping roof, burst pipe, or other entry point, it isn’t enough to close the tide. Moisture can soak out-of-sight portions of your home. Without proper cleanup procedures, mold will keep coming back to these areas.
If you are worried that your home may contain black mold, speak with Paul Davis now. Our team analyzes for existence of black mold before remediation. Depend on our contractors to eliminate black mold quickly. Keep your family safe, schedule a black mold inspection now.