Black mold is a problem. It’s a disgusting and potentially dangerous growth that can affect not only your home, but your health, too. Even worse, black mold is everywhere. There are mold spores in the air you breathe, the clothing you wear, and on your pet after a long walk through the park.In your home, black mold will settle into an accommodating, out-of-the-way spot and begin to reproduce. Before long, you’ll have black mold in every room, under the floorboards, and elsewhere. If you want to prevent that horror from becoming a reality, you need to know the signs and causes of black mold. Then, you can schedule professional mold remediation.
We’ve all heard horror stories about black mold. Still, not many know what black mold is or how it’s caused. Essentially, black mold is a type of fungus known for its distinct dark green or black coloring. It also produces a noticeable musty or damp, mildew-like odor.
Black mold typically grows on surfaces with cellulose, including fiberboard, wood, gypsum board, or even paper products, like books or magazines. Mold loves a warm environment. It grows with a bit of warmth, moisture, and darkness.
Black mold poisoning is a type of mycotoxicosis, which occurs when you breathe in mycotoxins released from the black mold infestation. The symptoms of such poisoning are similar to a respiratory tract infection, like the flu or common cold. These include:
After a longer period of time, black mold poisoning can worsen. These symptoms include:
In order for black mold to grow and flourish in your home, the right conditions are necessary. These conditions include:
Once black mold has settled into your home, signs will begin to appear. These signs, which often vary, include:
At the first sign of black mold, contact Restoration 1 of Greater Minneapolis. Give us a call at 612-200-2302 for 24-hour mold remediation services .
David Tynes is the general manager of Restoration of Greater Minneapolis. David has years of experience in home and commercial restoration, and he is certified as a restoration professional by the IICRC.