What is Black Mold?
Every homeowner fears black mold, but what is it? Also called Stachybotrys, black mold likes to grow in wet environments and is usually seen in areas where condensation has collected or near untreated puddles inside. These spores enter the home through windows, other openings and can also be tracked on shoes and coats. While most fungus in your home aren’t dangerous, this species causes health issues with long term exposure.
Health Effects of Black Mold
Black mold is a poisonous species of mold with spores. The most common symptoms include chronic coughing, eye, nose and throat irritation as well as skin rashes. Additionally, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. Especially severe cases of long-term exposure to black mold are more dangerous. Paired with an allergic reaction to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
Information about Mold
Black mold grows quickly, so you should never delay calling a professional to inspect for mold infestation. They can go unnoticed for weeks, and then spring up practically overnight.
Once mold creates colonies in your living space, it immediately breeds and releases toxins that make life unpleasant for inhabitants:
- Mold emanates a pungent, musty smell that stops rooms from smelling fresh.
- Mold wreaks havoc on allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, causing a physical reaction.
- Mold can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.
- Mold toxins can cause long-lasting inflammation and continuous cold-like symptoms.
- Individuals with compromised immune systems can get systemic infections of the lungs, skin, or digestive tract.
- In rare cases, mold toxins can cause neurological problems or even death.
- The more lengthy the exposure, the greater the danger.
Unusually humid 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.
To get rid of mold, the atmosphere where it thrives must first be removed. Water sources have to be dealt with, and any residual moisture must be thoroughly 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 drench out-of-sight portions of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep returning to these spots.
If you think your home may contain black mold, contact Paul Davis now. We safely inspect and confirm the presence of black mold before removal. You can depend on our contractors to eliminate black mold effectively. Don’t risk your health, schedule an inspection for black mold now.