Mold poses costly and dangerous problems, particularly when toxic black mold infestations occur. Exposure to black mold results in a variety of health problems. Understanding the dangers of mold and what you can do about it can keep you, your family, and the house safe.
Understanding the Threat
Black mold (also known as Stachybotrys chartarum) develops in areas that are humid, damp, and warm. Basements and crawlspaces that have leaks or other sources of moisture are susceptible to such mold growth.
Molds release spores because it feeds on organic materials found in common household items exposed to moisture (e.g., carpet, drywall, sub-flooring, and insulation). Exposure to these spores triggers a range of harmful symptoms in humans.
What It Means for Your Health
The most common health effects associated with mold often involve the respiratory system. Chronic sneezing and coughing, rashes, irritation to the eyes, persistent headaches, and frequent fatigue are symptoms associated with black mold exposure.
Severe cases of exposure can result in allergic reactions and cause the nose and lungs to bleed.
Long-term exposure to mold is unhealthy for anyone. Some individuals, however, develop more serious diseases sooner compared to others. They include the following:
- Elderly people
- Infant and children
- Individuals with allergies and respiratory conditions
Your Best Defense
Instead of dealing with the health risks associated with mold, prioritize prevention. Controlling mold growth immediately spares you and the family from its dangerous effects. So, have a professional treat the contaminated areas as soon as you can.
AAA Restoration keeps your home and family safe from mold with our comprehensive removal process. Trust our technicians to eliminate the source of mold infestation. Get in touch with us today.