Do You Know Black Mold?

No homeowner wants black mold, but what is it? Also called Stachybotrys, black mold grows in damp areas and is usually found around condensation or anywhere near untreated water damage. These spores enter the house via windows, small openings and can also be tracked on personal items and coats. Although most molds found in your house aren’t dangerous, this variety leads to illness if neglected.

How Black Mold affects Health

Black mold is a toxic species of fungus that releases spores. The most common symptoms include chronic coughing, eye, nose and throat irritation as well as skin rashes. In addition, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. Particularly serious cases of prolonged exposure to black mold can be more dangerous. Often compounded by an allergy to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.

More about Mold

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 ignored for weeks, and then appear essentially overnight.

Once mold creates colonies in your living space, it quickly grows and releases toxins that make life difficult for occcupants:

  • Mold releases a strong, mildewed smell that stops rooms from smelling clean.
  • Mold causes problems for allergy-sensitive people, as well as those with asthma, making symptoms flare up.
  • Mold can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.
  • Mold toxins can cause chronic inflammation and continuous 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 problems or even death.
  • The more lengthy the exposure, the greater the danger.

Exceptionally humid homes and offices can be vulnerable to mold infestations even if no water damage has occurred. If you see or smell something that could be mold, get an expert opinion immediately.

If you want to eradicate mold, the environment where it flourishes must first be eliminated. Water sources have to be handled, and any remaining moisture must be thoroughly dried out. Only then can mold removal and remediation start.

Whether a leaky roof, burst pipe, or other entry point, it isn’t enough to close the tide. Moisture can soak hidden portions of your home. Without proper cleanup procedures, mold will keep coming back to these areas.

If you are worried that your house may contain black mold, speak with Paul Davis today. Our team inspects for presence of black mold before starting treatment. Depend on our specialists to eliminate black mold effectively. Keep your family safe, request an inspection for black mold today.

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