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Silent Killer: 4 Warning Signs of Dangerous Black Mold

Mold.The word alone sends shivers down your spine. It’s that goopy substance that you see growing on your leftovers when you forget to throw them out. But that type of mold is only one among many.

Mold comes in many different forms like Alternaria, Aspergillus and Penicillium. However, the most dangerous type of mold is black mold.

Thankfully, you usually won’t find black mold in your fridge but it could be growing in other parts of your home.

Continue reading to learn four signs that you have black mold in your home.

What is black mold?

Before getting into the signs, it’s essential that you know what black mold is. Black mold is a highly toxic mold that can cause a myriad of respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and sneezing. It can also cause allergic-type symptoms such as watery eyes and sore throats.

Black mold can also cause asthma in children and those who are immunocompromised. What’s scarier is that black mold may also cause inflammation of the brain and permanent neurological deterioration.

Offensive Smell

You can’t miss the smell of mold. It’s that smell that you usually find in dark, damp places like your basement. If you smell it in your bathroom or kitchen, you could have a water leak. If you’re still unable to find the source, despite the obvious smell, you’ll need the help of a mold inspector.

Water Damage

In addition to a foul odor, another sign of black mold is obvious signs water damage. When black mold causes water damage. You may see dark spots on the walls and ceilings. While these spots don’t exactly indicate a mold infestation, it certainly creates a breeding ground for it. Soak up any spots you see and clean the area with disinfectant. If the spots are in an area that you cannot access, contact a mold inspector to do it for you. If the problem persists, you can always consider metal roofing installation to hinder water leaks. Traditional roof shingles tend to wear out over time, which then allows water to leak in your home.

Allergic-Type Symptoms

As we mentioned before, people who have a mold infestation will start to experience symptoms similar to an allergy attack.

Although not exclusive, the following symptoms can occur with black mold infestation:

  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy eyes
  • Irritation of the skin
  • Coughing

Again, black mold is known for causing severe health issues, so if you start experiencing the symptoms, call a mold inspector right away.

Noticeable Growth

In many cases, you can see the growth of black mold. Even though black mold is mostly black, it can come in wide array of variations. You might notice that there’s a fuzzy, dark spot that resembles a black stain, but it also can present in hues of blue, green and even orange.

Regardless of type, mold is extremely detrimental to your health. If you suspect black mold growing in your home, time is of the essence. Mold likes to hide behind the surface and may within your walls and ceilings without you noticing it. Make sure any leaks get fixed and you search for this dangerous mold before it grows wild in your home.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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