While there are many types of mold that grow, black mold is probably the most serious mold you could come in contact with. It can be very dangerous for a variety of reasons. If you’re exposed to it for long periods of time, it can be damaging to your health. It’s important to recognize what black mold is exactly and what you should do to get rid of it.

How and where does black mold grow?
Mold spores are more common than you realize, even if you rarely see them. It can be a few microscopic spores, or even millions landing on a surface trying to take root. Black mold, in particular, loves dark, damp areas that has decaying, organic material to use as a food source. Black mold loves moisture and humidity to help feed its growth.

What does it look like and why does it matter?
Hearing “black mold” you would assume it’s black in color. From a distance, it does look almost black, especially if there’s a lot of it. As you get closer, however, it’s actually more of a dark green shade. Knowing what type of mold you’re working with will determine the best way to get rid of it. Black mold is notorious for being difficult to get rid of even with the proper supplies. If you don’t realize that you’re actually working with black mold because it’s a dark green color you’ll be stuck in a cleaning cycle that could seriously affect your health.

Why is black mold so serious and what are some of the symptoms?
Out of all the molds, black mold is the worst when it comes to your health. All mold has that chance of affecting the human body as an allergic reaction, a pathogen, or a toxin, but black mold over-achieves by handling all three. These three issues are:

    • It can cause an allergic reaction such as an asthma attack.
    • It’s known to cause disease, especially if your immune system is already compromised.
    • It’s toxic causing aflatoxins, mycotoxins, etc. which can be deadly.

Because it can cause so many issues, the symptoms of black mold in your system can be physical, mental, or a combination of both. Here are just a few symptoms of what black mold can cause:

    • Hallucinations
    • Memory loss
    • Seizures
    • Dizziness
    • Nose bleeds
    • Sore throat
    • Stuffy nose
    • Damage to the heart
    • Blurry or worsening vision
    • Red or bloodshot eyes
    • Jaundice
    • Infertility
    • Abdominal pains
    • Cold or flu-like symptoms
    • And many more

If you suspect you’re having issues with black mold don’t wait! Contact our team at The Property Inspection Pros today!

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