Mold is inescapable. Especially in places like Florida, where the climate tends to be particularly hot and humid, getting rid of mold entirely is an impossibility. However, most kinds of mold do not cause any harm to humans. In fact, we all breathe in mold spores periodically, some of us just respond to them more severely due to allergies and respiratory issues. However, black mold is another story.
Stachybotrys chartarum, more commonly known as black mold, can be harmful even to people without existing health issues, and especially harmful for those who do deal with breathing problems or other chronic conditions. While often referred to as “toxic mold,” this is actually somewhat of a misnomer; black mold will not kill you just by coming in contact with it, but it will exacerbate health problems and make quality of life worse for your entire household over time.
The top health risks associated with black mold include:
- Chronic coughing
- Chronic sneezing
- Watery eyes
- Irritation of the nose and throat
- Rashes on the body
If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms or having a strong allergic reaction seemingly for no reason, your home may be experiencing black mold growth. Prolonged exposure to black mold has been known to lead to bleeding in the nose and lungs, plus black mold can cause severe property damage if not removed quickly, so take action immediately if this is the case for you.
Remember to monitor the moisture levels in your home diligently, as mold thrives in dank, dark environments, and if you have any reason to suspect you are dealing with black mold growth on your property, contact our licensed mold remediation experts at FP Property Restoration. We offer cutting-edge mold inspection and removal, as well as other services to prevent, detect, and get rid of water damage that can lead to conditions that encourage mold growth. We’ve seen firsthand what happens when you ignore a mold problem, so if there is even a chance you have found black mold, call us ASAP.