There are several hazardous things that can be in a building, but most come about due to issues with hazardous material, poor construction, or other man-made problems. Today we’re going to talk about a problem that literally grows: black mold. We covered an overview of causes and detection of mold growth in our blog, How to Tell If You Have a Mold Problem. Today we’re going to look specifically at Stachybotrys chartarum or Toxic Black Mold, what it is, what it does, and what to do about it.
The Dangers of Black Mold
Black mold is one of the several molds that produce mycotoxins in their spores, and one of the most common perpetrators of mold sicknesses. These toxic chemicals can come to rest on the skin or be inhaled or ingested. Anyway they do, these chemicals have negative health effects on humans and animals and are a contributor to the so-called sick building syndrome.
Signs of Toxic Black Mold Poisoning
Many molds can trigger sinuous inflammation, allergies, and asthma, and if you experience these effects from unknown sources, you may have some sort of mold problem. The mycotoxins in black mold have been linked to more severe reactions, including the following:
- Chronic fatigue and persistent headaches
- Chronic coughing and sneezing
- Irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat
- Rashes on the skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bleeding in the nose
- Bleeding in the lungs
- Possible cognitive and neurological issues
- Immune suppression
Detecting and Dealing with Black Mold
Mold needs two things to thrive: heat and moisture. Mold growth is most rampant in homes that have had water damage, but places with poor ventilation can also cause condensation for a perfect place for mold to grow. These are the places to look: where there has been water damage, leaking pipes, or other places where heat and moisture meet, like an inadequately vented attic. It’s easy enough to spot on the surface of walls and ceilings as a gray or black discoloration, but if you experience the above symptoms and smelling the musty smell of mold, it could be behind the walls.
If you’re experiencing mold issues or think they may be out of sight, it’s time for an inspection. Fiber Control, Inc. is a full-service hazardous material inspection and remediation service, including asbestos, mold, and lead. Contact us today, and we’ll help you deal with your issues in your home or business.