What Is Black Mold
Black mold, or stachybotrys chartarum, is a type of living organism that can cause health problems to you and your family. In this article we’re going to take a quick look at what these symptoms are, how black mold works, and what you can do to prevent it from growing in your home.
What are the Symptoms of Black Mold?
Common symptoms in humans include coughing, sneezing, irritations to the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, and fatigue. Sometimes symptoms can include nausea. In cases of prolonged exposure these symptoms can worsen to include vomiting, and internal bleeding and nose bleeds.
How Does Black Mold Work?
Black mold grows in an environment that is high in moisture and low in nitrogen, which makes up 78% of the air we breathe. Therefore, we can deduce that if there is not much air movement, but enough water content in a particular environment, mold can grow there. There are plenty of materials in your home that black mold can feed off, drywall, and carpet being among the most common.
How Can We Prevent Mold Growth?
Mold actually grows in abundance in our world, so we cannot get rid of it entirely. However, that doesn’t mean we should accept black mold in our homes. If you have had water damage in your home or business, you should be on the lookout for mold. Preventative measures include making sure that you dry the area thoroughly. Remember to have your carpet properly 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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