We hear widespread reports about the hazards of black mold, but most people do not fully understand the insidious growths. We know that it can make you and loved ones very ill. But where does it come from and how does it end up in your home? Here are a few things to know about the hazards of black mold.
Where Does Mold Come From?
The ominous truth about black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is that it is everywhere. It is all around us in some form. The key to protecting your health and that of your family is to limit or stop its growth. Most mold can be killed by using common cleaning products on contaminated areas. The growth will not come back as long as you keep the affected area dry after cleaning. The scary thing is that mold spores are likely to survive. But, as long as they are cut off from water, they cannot grow and spread. You and your family are relatively safe from inactive spores.
Unseen Danger of Mold
The most common place that mold takes root in a home is the bathroom. Steamy showers or leaky pipes feed the spores the nutrients they need to regenerate and advance. The worst part is that they flourish in dark, damp spaces, namely behind your bathroom walls. If there is even a modest water source, mold will spread behind your walls.
Black mold is one of the more subtle infestations humans encounter. That’s because its symptoms can be attributed to a variety of common things. If you suffered the following, would you jump to a black mold conclusion?
- Minor memory loss
- Lack of concentration
- Stiffness and joint pain
- Abdominal pain or diarrhea
The true hazard of black mold is that it remains in our everyday environment either inactive or active and we rarely know it’s even there. If you need professional mold removal, contact the team at Jarvis Construction today. We offer mold cleanup, water damage restoration, flooding services and much more.