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03 May 2022

Is Black Mold From Water Damage Making You Sick?

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Water damage is a serious problem that can cause significant damage to your home. Whether it’s a plumbing leak, water that was used to fight a fire, or from a storm, a water damage restoration company can help you avoid further damage. At The Remediation Team, we believe that time is usually of the essence when water gets into your home, and failure to take action allows it to seep into your walls, carpeting, upholstery and many other places. Although it may seem that it has dried up, it is vital to consult an expert to ensure it doesn’t become a breeding ground for black mold, which causes severe health complications.

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What is Black Mold?

Also referred to as stachybotrys chartarum,,  black mold is a toxic substance that feeds on organic materials. The organic materials it thrives on include various items around your home like, insulation, carpet, sub-flooring, upholstery and drywall. As it develops, it releases spores into the air which get inhaled and ingested. Ingesting black mold spores on a regular basis leads to severe health complications. Black mold thrives in dark, moist places, which is why standing water in your drywall, carpets and other spots needs to be dealt with early.

Symptoms of Black Mold Exposure

Studies have shown a clear connection between various health effects and prolonged exposure to mold. Since there are many other things that cause similar symptoms, like stress, deteriorations of overall health, and lack of appetite, it’s difficult to prove that mold is the primary cause.

While most symptoms and health effects are mild, they can become severe fast if not addressed in time. Some of the common symptoms of black mold include chronic coughing and wheezing among other breathing-related problems. Some people have complained of watery eyes, sneezing and sore throats. Others experience chronic fatigue accompanied by rashes, while in other serious cases, it is said to make someone susceptible to contracting pneumonia.

Reducing the Risk of Mold Exposure

There are several ways to reduce the risk of black mold exposure, and warning signs to look out for so that you can take action. The best way to prevent the spread and development of black mold is hiring a water damage restoration company for mold removal and cleaning. Controlling the moisture around hard-to-reach areas in your home is essential in mitigating the effects of water damage.

This means removing moisture quickly before it settles at one point for long. Your air conditioning drip pans must be kept clean, and your drain lines must be kept clear to reduce the spread of spores in your indoor spaces. The ideal humidity in your home should be about 40%. A dehumidifier can help if it gets too high, alleviating condensation before it builds up anywhere in your home. If you suspect your interior is a breeding ground for black mold, don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert before you spend thousands of dollars on medication. Contact us today at The Remediation Team for quality remediation and mold removal services.

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