Black mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is a particularly severe strain of mold found in homes across the country. Unfortunately, black mold often goes unnoticed for long periods of time. It can grow inside your home, school, or workplace, where it remains hidden for years at a time.
Like other types of mold, black mold thrives in a moist, dark environment. If there has been a plumbing or roof leak, without the proper repairs, mold is sure to grow. To properly address black mold, the underlying cause of the growth must be tackled first.
Hiring a professional mold remediationcompany is the only guaranteed way to rid your property of black mold in Minneapolis.
The symptoms associated with black mold exposure can vary between individuals. Some people are more susceptible to mold exposure than others. However, most symptoms mimic that of the common cold or flu. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, then the symptoms you commonly experience will often be exacerbated.
If you are sensitive to mold, exposure can lead to a stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, skin irritation, and other minor symptoms. For those with allergies to mold or asthma, symptoms are often far more intense. These may include shortness of breath, fever, and worse.
For anyone with a weakened immune system, such as those undergoing treatment for cancer, infection is likely.
Furthermore, long-term mold exposure can lead to the development of asthma in those without any previous symptoms. Mold remediation is the only guaranteed method to prevent allergies, asthma, and other concerning symptoms.
There are many people who are simply more sensitive to mold because of genetic and chemical factors. We mentioned that anyone with asthma or a mold allergy is susceptible to the most severe symptoms. However, age and general health also play a huge role in how mold affects individuals. For instance, elderly individuals and people with compromised immune systems may suffer from respiratory illness due to mold in the home.
Children are also at an increased risk of mold symptoms. Their immune systems are still developing, so mold and other airborne contaminants cause their bodies to react in abnormal ways. Over time, mold could lead to developmental disorders in children. Exposure may even lead to death in extreme cases.
If you find black mold in your home, fight the urge to scrub it away on your own. Instead, pick up the phone and call Restoration 1of Greater Minneapolis. We provide 24-hour mold remediation and inspection services for homeowners dealing with mold infestations. Give us a call for immediate service at 612-268-1961!
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.