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Black mold exposure is dubbed the silent people killer for good reason. If you have been sneezing, coughing a lot, or experiencing allergy systems in a specific area of you your home or office, black mold can be the culprit.
Mold exposure is often never considered a problem because it’s clever at living in dark damp places that stay out of sight most of the time.
In this article, you are going to learn all about black mold exposure. What it is, where to find it, and much more.
It’s important to know how to handle mold exposure, not only for your safety and health but also for your family and any other people that can be affected by its presence.
What is Black Mold?
Black mold is a fungus, its scientific name is Stachybotrys chartarum. It can be recognized by its blackish and slightly green spots and blemishes on the surface it corrodes. It also has a very noticeable smell.
Black mold lives in areas that have moist and damp climates and surfaces that store moisture.
There are many areas of the home and specific elements that can hold moisture. When mold reproduces it sends spores into the air and these spores end up on our close, furniture, carpets, and other items we own.
Over time people breathe in these spores that can have no immediate effect on us (depending on the exposure) or an immediate allergic reaction or worse (indicating sensitivity to black mold).
Let’s look at some areas most common to harbor mold.
Where Can You Find Black Mold?
As mentioned above some common places mold can live are in damp, wet, or moist areas of the home or building. For example, drywall tends to hold moisture, under the sink or where leaky pipes are located.
Bathroom walls, basements, homes that experienced a flood.
Attics and roofs with unrepaired leaks. Garages also harbor black mold.
It’s safe to say that any area of the home or building that has experienced some sort of water damage, or moisture build-up can be a place black mold growth and corrosion develop.
Leading us into our next area of focus.
What Causes Black Mold?
Mold grows for a few reasons:
- Water damage – Black mold loves moisture and will almost at a guarantee show up on anything with stagnant moisture.
- Poor ventilation – Another factor that makes a perfect mold growing environment for black mold is low airflow. If there’s poor ventilation mold will grow with the smallest amount of moisture.
- Humidity – If you are not aware, humidity or moisture in the air can cause things that store water to become susceptible to black mold. For example, taking a shower, but not having a fan in the bathroom to remove the steam. With steam just floating in the air, over time mold will grow on to your shower curtain, carpets, walls, and floorboards.
How Can You Prevent Toxic Mold?
When trying to prevent black mold from forming, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner that will set you up for success.
- Watch out for water – If there is any flooding, pipes that leak, or a roof with leaks they need to be repaired immediately. Mold loves moisture so if you ignore these tasks you are just inviting black mold into your home or building. The longer you wait the more damage the mold can cause.
- Keep airflow moving throughout your home or office, keep things clean and dry. Use a mobile fan to dry out your bathroom if no bathroom fan came with the home. The key is to keep moisture build-up down to a minimum. Dehumidifiers help with this as well.
Is Black Mold Dangerous ?
This can depend on several variables. Normally black mold is harmless to people not suffering from any autoimmune health disorders or respiratory problems.
However, some people in good health are sensitive to mold spores that cause allergy-like symptoms when inhaled.
Black Mold Health Symptoms and Respiratory Problems include: H4
Red watery eyes, itchy eyes
More severe cases when black mold poisoning has occurred display symptoms like:
- Aches and pains
- Memory loss
- Changes in mood
- Severe headaches
If you are experiencing these mold exposure symptoms and it’s ongoing when you are in a specific environment, it may be a good idea for your health to seek medical attention.
Black mold exposure affects the health of the elderly, young children, and infants in a way that makes them sick quickly because of having a weaker immune system.
So, if you suspect mold in your home calling Precision Environmental Services at (940)-597-2673 is the best way to get started on mold remediation efforts.
How Do You Remove Mold?
Precision Environmental Services is who you call when you want to confirm there is mold in your home, and you want it safely removed. They follow the proper state laws and guidelines for disposing of mold.
Depending on where the toxic mold is located, removing bathroom walls, tiles, drywall, or sink baseboards may be required. This takes great skill and demands a professional.
By calling a professional service like Precision Environmental Services you ensure your home is safe from all mold. They use specific tools that detect where mold is located and use the proper technology and resources to safely remove it from your home or business.
Removing mold is a dangerous environmental task to take on by yourself, and there are chances you miss some mold or dispose of mold incorrectly that can cause a problem for you or others in the future.
Use a professional to avoid this from happening to you.
Black Mold summary
Black mold is all around us, it lives on furniture, in our bathrooms, and can cause a major problem in our lives if we ignore it and don’t take the right steps to remove it safely and properly.
In this article, you learned what black mold is, how to recognize it, how it grows and the most common locations or areas in a home or business it’s most likely to show up.
You also learned how dangerous it can be depending on the circumstance for the people involved. When inhaled it can be very damaging to children, and the elderly.
You now have a deeper understanding of black mold, and that trusting Precision Environmental Services mold remediation action plan is the safest and most secure way for you to feel safe all the mold is removed from your home.