Black mold is a relatively common problem in homes, especially in warm, damp environments like basements. But what is black mold, and how harmful is it? And if you find it in your home, how can you identify it and remove it?
These are common questions we get from concerned homeowners who want to keep their families safe from potentially hazardous effects of black mold—and free of their visually undesirable sight.
Here’s how you can identify black mold in your home, and steps you can take to remove it.
What is Black Mold?
There is no single type of black mold. Rather, there are different species of mold with black or deep green appearances. Mold is actually a type of fungus, with one of the most common types called Stachybotrys chartarum.
While no mold is a sign of a healthy living space, the color of the mold is not indicative of its immediate or long-term potential health risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Still, black mold (and all other types) cause allergies in those who are sensitive to them. However, many do not know they are allergic until the mold is present in their homes. By that time, they may likely already be experiencing symptoms and discomfort and may not know why.
Some common symptoms include:
- Itchy eyes
- Sinus issues
- Stuffy head
- Skin rash
- Sore throat
While these symptoms are the most common, some people with more acute sensitivities may experience more discomfort and more serious symptoms, some of which may trigger other complications and result in the need for medical attention.
Those living with asthma may experience seemingly unexplained asthma attacks if the mold’s presence is strong and their sensitivity acute enough. Similarly, people living with chronic respiratory diseases may have difficulty breathing. Those with weakened immune systems are likely at a higher risk than others to contract infections in their lungs or on their skin.
Because black mold and other types thrive in warm, damp areas, it may not be easy to see; mold often grows behind walls, under stairwells, floorboards, and walls, and hides behind ceilings or sinks and drains.
However, if your home or business has a musty or moldy smell, or you are aware of water damage in the structure, there may very well be mold hiding and causing (or waiting to cause) health complications or structural and visual issues.
How to Solve Your Black Mold Issues
Whether it’s a small amount of black mold or it has taken over an entire wall, room, or ceiling, solving the issue as soon as possible is important. However, doing so on your own can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t quite sure which type of mold you’re dealing with or are suffering from health complications due to the mold.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, it’s important to reach out to professionals like Green Clean Restoration to help you identify and solve the issue. Even if the mold is visible, it may have spread elsewhere with its source hidden from view. We can locate the mold’s origin and remedy it, preventing it from spreading elsewhere and returning your home or business to a better, cleaner, healthier environment.
How do we do this? Our experts provide a number of tests to ensure you get the results you need to understand your situation. These tests involve taking samples from both the air and surfaces, and submitted to a certified third-party lab for quick processing. Once we identify the mold, we provide you with a full consultation to explain your options to remedy your mold issue—leaving you with the clean, healthy environment you deserve.
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