We can all agree that discovering black mold in your home can be scary. It’s a frightening and dangerous substance that makes its way into the darkest, deepest corners of your home. Not only does it give off a wet, dank smell, but it can be seriously harmful to the health of you and your family.
While there can be many types of mold, most homeowners associate black mold with toxicity and danger. Different studies produce different opinions; some state that people who live in mold-invested homes are more likely to have serious health conditions, while other studies say this isn’t proven, one thing we do know for sure is that it can cause allergies and irritations and could worse preexisting conditions.
People who suffer from allergies or those who have a high sensitivity to mold might experience the following symptoms:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Red and watery eyes
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Skin rashes
- Shortness of breath
According to medical news, studies also found that infants and young children exposed to mold in the home had an increased risk of developing asthma by the age of 7. If you’re a homeowner with kids, this might be alarming news!
So now that you know what happens when you encounter it, you need to know where it comes from. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, black mold grows on material with a high cellulose content, such as fiberboard, gypsum board, and paper. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration or flooding. Constant moisture is the main ingredient for this dangerous mold recipe.
Firstly, you should locate the source of the moisture. Consider calling in a professional plumber to help you stop leaks or to identify water damage. Secondly, purify the air! Mold lingers in your home’s indoor air and it travels through your HVAC system delivering mold spores straight to your lungs.
Invest in high quality filtration systems such as the EnviroAire IAQ 1” Polarized Media Air Cleaner, or the 5” Media Air Cleaner to help improve the filtration of the air that constantly runs through your HVAC system. For the cleanest environment, have a Whole-Home UV Purification system installed tor truly eradicate black mold spores from the air stream of your home. If you’re ready to vanquish black mold in your home, call on one of our certified professionals in your area and get clean, healthy air again!