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What is 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 often seen in areas where condensation has collected or anywhere near neglected water damage. Spores come into your home through windows, small entrances or tracked on personal items and clothing. While most fungus around your home aren’t dangerous, this species leads to health problems with years of exposure.

Black Mold Poisoning

The spores black mold releases are the major cause behind black mold poisoning. Symptoms include chronic sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat and rashes. Other symptoms include chronic fatigue and persistent headaches. Particularly severe occurances of prolonged contact to black mold are more dangerous. Paired with an an allergy to the black mold spores, these symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.

Information about Mold

Black mold grows quickly, so you should never postpone calling a professional to inspect for mold growth. They can go unnoticed for weeks, and then spring up practically overnight.

Once mold forms colonies in your living space, it quickly breeds and discharges toxins that make life unpleasant for occcupants:

  • Mold emits a strong, mildewed scent that stops rooms from smelling clean.
  • Mold causes problems for allergy-sensitive individuals, as well as those with asthma, causing a physical reaction.
  • Mold 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 lengthy the exposure, the more severe the danger.

Unusually damp 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 residual moisture must be carefully 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 curtail the tide. Moisture can soak out-of-sight sections of your home. Without proper cleanup methods, mold will keep coming back to these spots.

If you suspect your home may contain black mold, contact Paul Davis now. We safely test and confirm the presence of black mold before remediation. Depend on our contractors to remove black mold quickly. Don’t risk your health, get a black mold inspection now.


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