What You Should Know About Black Mold
Black mold is often talked about as a toxic killer, but is it really? Like many other things, the dangers of black mold have been quite exaggerated within the media. However, that doesn’t mean it’s harmless either.
What Is Mold?
First, it is important to understand what mold is. With over 100,000 different species of mold, not all mold is actually bad for you. Mold is a type of living organism that needs moisture and organic material to survive. Naturally, it often likes to make its home in warm, damp, and dark spaces within the home. However, how it effects a person does depend on the individual’s sensitivity to mold and the amount of spores in the air.
Is Black Mold More Harmful Than Other Molds?
Black mold is a common species of mold that can be seen in buildings and homes with poor indoor air quality due to fungal growth from past water damage. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that ‘toxic mold’ is not an accurate term for black mold. Black mold is no more dangerous than other common household molds.
However, that doesn’t mean that mold is something that can be ignored. Despite its lack of toxicity, it can cause quite a bit of harm to your health. The Institute of Medicine and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention report that exposure to mold can cause upper respiratory tract symptoms including coughing and wheezing. It can also provide hay-fever like allergic symptoms and respiratory diseases for those with immune deficiencies.
Not only is mold harmful to your health, but it is also damaging to your items as well. Mold can cause long term damage to several items in your home and to the walls themselves. In fact, some damage can get so bad that the wall or floor may need to be replaced. For this and health reasons, you should be quick to get any mold issues taken care of or prevented through waterproofing and cleaning.
If you have spotted black mold or any other kind of mold in your household, don’t hesitate to call us for mold remediation! Here at AAAction Waterproofing, we are dedicated to helping you kick mold to the curb and prevent future outbreaks too. Contact us today to learn more about our mold remediation services!