Combating Black Mold
No homeowner wants black mold, but do you know why? Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) likes to grow in damp environments and is usually seen in areas where condensation has collected or where there’s been water damage. Spores come into your home by windows, small openings and can also be tracked on personal items and coats. Although most molds around your home are harmless, black mold causes illness if left untreated.
What are the Health Risks?
The spores black mold releases are the reason behind black mold poisoning. 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 serious cases of long-term exposure to black mold are 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 experiences water damage, you should have a Paul Davis technician check the walls for mold infestations. They can go ignored for weeks, and then spring up practically overnight.
Once mold creates colonies in your living space, it quickly breeds and discharges toxins that make life miserable for residents:
- Mold emanates a strong, musty smell that stops rooms from smelling fresh.
- Mold wreaks havoc on allergy-sensitive individuals, 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 trigger long-lasting inflammation and continuous 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 concerns or even death.
- The more lengthy the exposure, the greater the danger.
Unusually damp homes and offices can be subject to mold infestations even if no water damage has occurred. If you see or smell something that could be mold, get an skillful opinion right away.
To get rid of mold, the setting where it thrives must first be removed. Water sources have to be handled, and any residual moisture must be carefully dried out. Only then can mold removal and remediation start.
Whether a dripping roof, burst pipe, or other entry point, it isn’t enough to close the tide. Moisture can soak hidden sections of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep returning to these spots.
If you suspect your home may have black mold, contact Paul Davis today. Our team analyzes for presence of black mold before removal. You can depend on our contractors to eliminate black mold effectively. Keep your family safe, request a black mold inspection today.