What is Black Mold?
Black mold, or stachybotrys chartarum, as it is known to scientists, can cause health problems to the occupants of a home or business. In this article, we’re going to take a high-level scan of what these symptoms are, how black mold works, and what can be done in order to prevent it from growing in your home or building.
What are the Symptoms of Black Mold?
Some of the most common symptoms of black mold include coughing, sneezing, irritations to the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, and fatigue. As if these symptoms weren’t bad enough sometimes they also include nausea. In the event of prolonged exposure these symptoms can worsen to include vomiting, and internal bleeding, and bleeding from the nose.
How Does Black Mold Grow?
Black mold, like all mold, grows in an environment that is high in moisture and low in air content. Actually, it is the nitrogen in the air that needs to be low, however, since nitrogen makes up 78% of the air we breathe, we can deduce that if there is not much air, but enough water content in a particular environment, mold will grow.
How Can We Prevent Mold Growth?
Mold grows almost everywhere in the world, so we cannot get rid of it entirely. However, it doesn’t cause any problems until it starts to grow excessively. That’s when colonies start to form. This usually happens as a result of water damage in your home or business. If you have had some type of water damage such as a toilet overflow or leaky sink there are preventative measures that should be taken. First you should make sure that the affected area has been dried thoroughly. Remember, many types of carpet will need to be removed in order to be dried because if the water has been trapped underneath your floor or carpet you will likely have mold growth.
After drying the water damaged area a quick cleaning of the area with soap and water, or a bleach solution will help kill any potential mold growth in the area. Also, use a dehumidifier once you have finished cleaning the area.
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