If you have had water damage one of your objectives is to prevent the growth of black mold.
If you’ve ever been in a situation where black mold starts to form on any of the walls within your home, you’ll know how upsetting this can be and how it can have a detrimental effect on your health and even the future sale of the property.
What causes black mold to form?
This could happen due to a lack of ventilation and a build up of mositure or there may have been a water spill that was never correctly rectified.
Mold forms when there are high levels of moisture and especially if the property is warm on the inside and temperatures are cold on the outside. The walls start to sweat and gather moisture and this leads to dampness.
When the areas eventually dry out, there’s usually a dark green and black color present and this is the start of mold caused by the growth of fungus, which should be treated instantly, as it can have effects on your general health.
What are the health risks of black mold?
The most commen reported health problems with the unwanted black mold are chesty coughs, headaches, migranes, rashes, sinus problems, constant sneezing bouts and respiratory and breathing problems, so if you suffer from asthma then, it’s absolutely vital to get the black mold removed at the earliest opportunity.
In more severe cases of there can be toxic emitted from the black mold called Strachybotrys Atra, which attacks the lungs and can have serious effects on very young or elderly people.
Once you’ve located the exact area of the mold, all areas of exposure to the fungus should be protected – eyes nose and hands. Using bleach is one way to attack the fungus and kill the mold and there are specific paints which have agents for mold removal. If you are considering doing it yourself be sure to review your process very carefully make sure your skin in protected, the areas are well ventilated and you have very carefully researched your process.
A safer more reliable method course of action would be to hire a professional who is trained in mold remediation.
I hope you found this article useful. If you require any further details regarding the safe removal of black mold you can visit the website at www.homerepairandrenovationsvancouver.com or Call Ken at Total Home Services 604-808-7039.
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