How Does Mold Affect Homes And Their Occupants?
Updated: Feb 8
Feeling under the weather or exhibiting signs of a cold or the flu aren't uncommon. Even with the coronavirus causing concern (if not panic in certain circles), people don't always think about feeling under the weather as being associated with anything serious. Am I coming down with a bug? Am I experiencing the side effects of an allergy? These questions frequently surface if someone is not feeling particularly themselves.
Did you know, however, that black mold is an invisible substance from which you may be at risk? How does mold affect homes? Furthermore, what are its effects on humans or even animals?
Toxic Black Mold
Because it can go undetected in public buildings, homes, workplaces, and more, black mold is a sneaky substance. The promotion of the growth of black mold is encouraged by damp conditions. To keep your home safe, are there preventative measures that can be taken?
Before going any further, let's look at black mold closely. It can appear in various colors, despite its name. It produces fungi and toxins so is thereby categorized as toxigenic. It can be invisible or visible. Areas susceptible to water damage, small spaces, inside drywall, and basements are areas in which it is frequently spotted due to humidity. If your kitchen or bathroom is improperly ventilated, black mold can accumulate. On a shower curtain, for example, it can be disguised as mildew. Black mold in its deadliest form is in the air and invisible. Increased exposure to this substance can result in serious health problems.
Adverse Effects of Mold
Your immune system and your central nervous system can be severely affected by the toxins from black mold. Sounds scary, doesn't it? That's because it is. Due to damage to the frontal cortex, critical thinking problems and memory loss can result if your body's function is compromised.
Those most prone to the adverse effects of mold are people with weakened immune systems, those with respiratory issues, children, and the elderly.
Some typical physical reactions to black mold are as follows:
• Allergic reaction symptoms (aggravated throat, coughing, runny nose)
• Symptoms similar to the common cold
• Watery or itchy eyes
• General breathing problems or aggravated asthma
More severe symptoms can include the following:
• Depression or other mental illness
• Loss of senses (i.e. smell)
• Severe respiratory issues
• Sinus infections
When the central nervous system is involved, dizziness, reduced attention span, difficulty concentrating, and headaches can result. Dire consequences, including death, can result in infants and others with compromised immune systems or those which have not fully developed.
Can Mold Be Prevented?
Regular visual inspections are the best way to prevent black mold. One good indicator is a musty odor, because humidity and improper ventilation are leading causes. If you see black mold or discoloration, the application of bleach is the quickest course of action. In areas with little ventilation or in damp places, a humidifier is recommended. Include, in your inspection, filters and air ducts because unsuspecting places like these can also experience the growth of black mold.
The Best Course of Action
If your home has been a victim of black mold, and if you have suffered its effects, time is of the essence. Talk to the experts at Provision for repairs and solutions where water damage, black mold, etc. is suspected. We will send an IICRC certified mold remediation and abatement specialist to analyze your situation. Mold caused by excessive moisture or prolonged water leaks must be removed as soon as possible so that you, your home, and even your pets can once again enjoy living in comfort and in good health. Don't wait! Contact us today.