About Black Mold
No homeowner wants black mold, but what is it? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in damp areas and is most commonly seen around condensation or near untreated puddles inside. These spores come into your home through doors, small openings and can also be tracked on shoes and clothing. Although most molds found in your home are harmless, this species leads to health problems if left untreated.
What are the Health Risks?
Black mold is a toxic mold with spores. The most common symptoms include chronic coughing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat as well as skin rashes. Other symptoms include, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. Especially severe occasions of long-term exposure to black mold can be 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.
Mold doesn’t take long to permeate walls, floors and ceilings. Whenever your home experiences water damage, you should have a Paul Davis technician check the walls for mold infestations. They can go unseen for weeks, and then appear practically overnight.
Once mold produces colonies in your living space, it quickly breeds and discharges toxins that make life unpleasant for residents:
- Mold releases a pungent, musty scent that prevents rooms from smelling fresh.
- Mold causes problems for allergy-sensitive individuals, 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 trigger long-lasting inflammation and continuous cold-like symptoms.
- People with weakened immune systems can get systemic infections of the lungs, skin, or digestive tract.
- In rare instances, mold toxins can cause neurological issues or even death.
- The more lengthy the exposure, the greater the danger.
Unusually humid 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 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 entry point, it isn’t enough to curtail the tide. Moisture can drench hidden sections of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep returning to these areas.
Contact Paul Davis now if you suspect your home has black mold. We safely test and confirm the existence of black mold before starting treatment. Depend on our contractors to remove black mold effectively. Keep your family safe, call for a black mold inspection now.