Do You Know Black Mold?
No homeowner wants black mold, but what is it? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) grows in damp areas and is often found in areas where condensation has collected or pools or standing water inside. These spores come into your home through doors, other entrances and can also be tracked on shoes and clothing. Although most fungus around your home aren’t dangerous, this variety causes illness after years of exposure.
Signs of Black Mold Exposure
The spores black mold produces are the main culprit behind black mold poisoning. 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 prolonged 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.
Mold quickly spread across walls, floors and ceilings. Whenever your home suffers water damage, you should have a professional check the walls for mold infestations. They can go unseen for weeks, and then spring up practically overnight.
Once mold forms colonies in your living space, it immediately breeds and discharges toxins that make life unpleasant for inhabitants:
- Mold emanates a pungent, musty smell that prevents rooms from smelling clean.
- Mold causes serious problems for allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, making symptoms flare up.
- Mold can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
- Mold toxins can activate long-lasting inflammation and constant 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 lengthy the exposure, the greater the danger.
Unusually damp homes and offices can be subject 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 eliminated. Water sources have to be handled, and any remaining moisture must be efficiently 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 coming back to these spots.
Contact Paul Davis today if your home is infested with black mold. We safely test and confirm the presence of black mold before remediation. Depend on our contractors to remove black mold quickly. Don’t risk your health, call for an inspection for black mold today.