Do You Know Black Mold?
No homeowner wants black mold, but what is it? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in moist spots and is often seen in areas where condensation has collected or near untreated puddles inside. These spores enter the house via windows, small entrances and can also be brought in on shoes and coats. While most molds around your house are harmless, this variety leads to illness with long term exposure.
What are the Health Risks?
The spores black mold produces are the major cause behind black mold poisoning. Typically 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 serious cases of prolonged 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.
Mold quickly spread across walls, floors and ceilings. Whenever your home experiences water damage, you should have a professional check the walls for mold infestations. They can go unseen for weeks, and then spring up essentially overnight.
Once mold forms colonies in your living space, it quickly grows and discharges toxins that make life difficult for inhabitants:
- Mold emits a strong, mildewed smell that stops rooms from smelling clean.
- Mold wreaks havoc on allergy-sensitive individuals, as well as those with asthma, making symptoms flare up.
- Mold can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
- Mold toxins can cause 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 cases, mold toxins can cause neurological concerns or even death.
- The more prolonged the exposure, the more severe the danger.
Exceptionally humid homes and offices can be vulnerable to mold invasions even if no water damage has happened. 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 prospers must first be removed. Water sources have to be handled, 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 opening, it isn’t enough to close the tide. Moisture can soak hidden sections of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep returning to these areas.
If you suspect your house may be growing black mold, speak with Paul Davis today. Our team analyzes for presence of black mold before starting treatment. You can depend on our contractors to remove black mold effectively. Keep your family safe, get a black mold inspection today.