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What Is Black Mold? Learn More About This Health Risk

Of the 20,000 species of mold, five are commonly found inside structures. One of these is Stachybotrys Chartarum, also known as black mold. It’s a greenish-black fungus that grows on damp surfaces and dark moist areas. This mold species takes about 8 to 12 days to grow and can spread rapidly, given the right conditions. Homeowners usually find black mold in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and crawl spaces.

Back mold is a health risk because it releases mycotoxins that damage the respiratory and immune systems. Black mold can also trigger allergic reactions like skin rashes, itchy, red, and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Fortunately, these symptoms will gradually disappear with immediate and thorough mold remediation procedures.

Because these symptoms are similar to symptoms of more common illnesses, most people do not attribute their health issues to black mold. Homeowners must be proactive in inspecting their homes for signs of black mold growth.

Signs of black mold infestation

Signs of black mold infestation include a noticeably musty odor in your home, visible signs of mold growth on surfaces, and the sudden onset of allergic reactions among family members.

While black mold remediation is best left to professionals, you can take action if the black mold growth is contained in a small area:

Remove mold-infested or damaged items immediately
Disinfect non-porous surfaces with a fungicide
Use protective equipment like gloves, masks, goggles, and boots while disinfecting affected areas
Open doors and windows to improve air circulation within your home
Allow affected areas to dry thoroughly before using these again
Fix water leaks as soon as possible

Since water damage is the primary cause of black mold growth, seek the help of a water damage restoration expert like Rytech Nashville. Since 1995, Rytech Nashville has delivered quick and effective water damage and mold remediation solutions to Middle Tennessee residents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. IICRC-certified technicians will remove water and minimize structural damage caused by busted pipes, appliance failures, roof leaks, sewage backups, and flooding. Schedule an appointment today – a member of Rytech Nashville’s Customer Service Team will contact you right away to confirm your appointment and answer any questions on getting started.

Rytech Nashville has become a leader in the water damage restoration and mold remediation industry. From its humble beginnings in one location, the company has reached exponential growth and currently provides service to 49 major markets across 25 states. Call (615) 751-8445 for more information.

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