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Things To Be Concerned About When It Comes To Black Mold

Author : Kelsey Libby

Black mold infestations may cause serious health risks if they are not dealt with immediately. They have been shown to cause respiratory bleeding, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. In fact, this slimy, greenish-black fungus is held responsible by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for causing over a hundred cases of lung problems. Black mold is a common term for Strachybotrys atra or Strachybotrys chartarum. It clings to organic matter and feeds on its decayed parts. Although most varieties of the Strachybotrys fungi can only thrive outdoors, it manages to survive indoors. Its color ranges from light gray to black. It may appear darker in humid conditions and lighter in dry air.

Mold releases toxic spores that bear volatile organic compounds, and regular exposure can cause skin allergies, asthma and bronchial problems. People who live in moldy homes are constantly in contact with this type of fungus. Hence, they are also more likely to show signs of toxic black mold exposure. Despite the health hazards associated with mold, not all types are dangerous. Most people have them inside their homes without even knowing it. It won't hurt to have your home tested by a professional contractor. Prevention is crucial in controlling mold overgrowth and poisoning.

Black mold thrives more easily in damp and humid places like your bathroom. If you live in an area that's prone flooding, you might want to check your basement for mold infestations. Protect your walls with insulation backing or mold-fighting paints and sealants. A leaky pipe can cause mold infestations behind walls and ceilings. Prevent faulty plumbing from causing further damage by getting them fixed by a professional. It takes a while for black mold to flourish. If you can't address water leakages immediately, use paper to absorb the moisture temporarily. Just make sure to dispose and replace soaked paper on a regular basis.

You can prevent major infestations by spotting contamination in small places. A tiny area should be easy enough to do on your own. For minor mold growth, use soap and water. Larger areas may require mold-killing solvents or a homemade bleach solution. Mix a cup of bleach in a gallon of water, and use this solution to saturate contaminated areas. Allow this to soak for a few minutes before scraping off the mold. Remember to wear a pair of gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from toxic fumes.

Severe cases of mold infestation require the services of a professional mold removal contractor. Never attempt to rid your basement of black mold after a flood. Mold occasionally grows inside air ducts and air vents. Air conditioners and vacuum cleaners are equipped with air filters, which are also prone to mold growth. Hiring a professional mold examiner is advised if your ventilation system has been extensively damaged by black mold. Some instances of mold growth require you to remove or replace large sections of carpeting or wall panels. Consult a qualified contractor before taking any drastic steps to repair them on your own.

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