What is Black Mold?
No homeowner wants black mold, but do you know why? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in moist areas and is usually seen in areas where condensation has collected or anywhere near untreated water damage. These spores come into your home through windows, small entrances or tracked on personal items and coats. Although most fungus around your home are nothing to worry about, this species causes health problems after years of exposure.
What are the Health Risks?
The spores black mold releases are the reason behind black mold poisoning. The most common 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. Especially severe occasions of long-term exposure to black mold can be 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.
Mold doesn’t take long to permeate walls, floors and ceilings. Whenever your home suffers water damage, you should have a Paul Davis technician check the walls for mold infestations. They can go unnoticed for weeks, and then spring up practically overnight.
Once mold forms colonies in your living space, it immediately grows and releases toxins that make life unpleasant for inhabitants:
- Mold releases a strong, mildewed scent that prevents rooms from smelling clean.
- 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 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 cases, mold toxins can cause neurological concerns or even death.
- The more lengthy the exposure, the greater 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 right away.
If you want to eradicate mold, the setting where it flourishes must first be eliminated. Water sources have to be handled, and any residual moisture must be efficiently dried out. Only then can mold removal and remediation start.
Whether a dripping roof, burst pipe, or other opening, it isn’t enough to stem the tide. Moisture can drench hidden areas of your home. Without proper cleanup procedures, mold will keep coming back to these spots.
If you suspect your home may contain black mold, call Paul Davis today. Our team analyzes for 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 today.