Spotting black mold for the first time in your home is not a pleasant experience. It can be frightening to find out that you and your family have been exposed to harmful toxins.
Black mold is prevalent throughout the United States. It grows in moist and shady indoor spots as well as damp soil outside. It is commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and crawlspaces. Below is everything you need to know about black mold and what you can do to avoid it.
Thrives in Humid Spaces
Black mold loves humidity, and the only way of preventing this mold is by reducing the humidity level in your household. Reducing the humidity by 30% – 60% is considered ideal. Some methods of doing this are properly venting the house, using air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and even exhaust fans.
Can be Found Everywhere
If moisture is present, mold will grow. Black mold can grow on anything ranging from wood to food. Carpets and rugs are common resting places for hidden mold when the carpet or rug is in an area where water may be present (Bathroom and kitchen). Ensure you are aware of any place in your house that is susceptible to leaks and water buildup.
Yes, black mold is toxic, but it is not necessarily deadly. Common side effects from black mold include respiratory issues, headache, rashes, cough, and eye irritation. These symptoms worsen as time goes on (If the mold is not removed).
If there is a spot in your house that has been exposed to water or condensation, make sure you clean and dry it off within 24 – 48 hours. If the surface is not wiped down and dried off, there is a chance that mold will start growing.
It’s Actually Black
Many different types of molds show many different colors, but black mold stays true to its name. Black mold has a very uniform black color and can be recognized right away. Once identified, make sure to act right away.
Getting down to the source of the mold is crucial for removing it. It is easy to lower your humidity levels but can be tougher to find a tiny leak under your sink or toilet. Once you find the source, removing the mold itself is not difficult. Start by scrubbing the mold with water and detergent. Once the mold has been removed, rinse the surface and wipe it down until it is completely dry.
Preventing black mold is not an easy task. To slow the spores’ growth, make sure you are wiping down wet surfaces and keeping your home humidity levels down. Also, consider getting your pipes checked for leaks or cracks. This may save you stress and money.
This article was brought to you by Remediation Solutions, a mold removal company serving homeowners and businesses throughout North Carolina.