Call Paul Davis: What is Black Mold?
Every homeowner dreads black mold, but what is it? Also called Stachybotrys, black mold grows in moist spots and is often found around condensation or pools or stagnant water inside. Spores come into your house by windows, other openings and can also be brought in on personal items and coats. While most molds around your house aren’t dangerous, this species can cause health issues after long term exposure.
What are the Health Risks?
Black mold is a toxic species of fungus with airborne toxins. Typically symptoms include chronic sneezing, eye, nose and throat irritation and rashes. Additionally, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. Especially serious cases of long-term contact to black mold are more life threatening. Paired with an allergic reaction to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
More about Mold
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 unnoticed for weeks, and then appear essentially overnight.
Once mold creates colonies in your property, it immediately grows and releases toxins that make life miserable for residents:
- Mold emits a pungent, mildewed odor that stops rooms from smelling fresh.
- Mold causes serious 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 difficulty breathing.
- Mold toxins can activate chronic inflammation and continuous 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 problems or even death.
- The more extended 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 expert opinion right away.
To get rid of mold, the setting where it prospers must first be eliminated. Water sources have to be handled, and any remaining 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 drench out-of-sight portions of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep returning to these areas.
Contact Paul Davis today if your home contains black mold. We safely inspect and confirm the existence of black mold before remediation. Depend on our contractors to eliminate black mold quickly. Keep your family safe, call for a black mold inspection today.