What are the Signs and Symptoms of Black Mold?

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve no doubt heard of black mold. Also known as toxic mold, this house guest can not only cause a strange smell and damage to your home, it can lead to a number of unwanted health effects. Knowing the signs and symptoms of black mold can help you determine when you should call a mold remediation specialist.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Black Mold?

signs and symptoms of black moldBlack mold isn’t always the easiest to detect. It tends to grow in spaces that aren’t usually trafficked, such as crawlspaces, basements, behind walls, in attics, and in insulation.

Sometimes, you can quickly detect the presence of mold and mildew by a musty scent in the air. When you notice this smell, it’s important to call a mold remediation specialist quickly, because you’re actually breathing in mold and mildew spores that can lead to respiration issues. If you ignore the problem, you can become used to the smell and forget about it until larger health issues begin to occur.

Other times, it may take months to notice anything unusual, which can lead to health problems – especially for infants, children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals.

There are many symptoms of black mold exposure, some of which overlap with other medical conditions. See your doctor if you experience a combination of the symptoms below:

Symptoms of black mold exposure include:

  • Headaches
  • Watery eyes
  • Hair loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Ear pain and infections
  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss or memory problems
  • Decreased concentration
  • Asthma attacks in individuals who have asthma

On top of this, some people have allergies to mold which mimic the symptoms of seasonal allergies. However, whether or not you have allergies, mold can irritate your skin, eyes, and throat, and can cause skin rashes in some individuals.

How to Safely Remove Black Mold from Your Home

black mold on wallIt isn’t generally recommended for homeowners to remove black mold on their own. Black mold is a health hazard, causing respiratory issues in some people and allergic reactions in others. Touching black mold with your bare skin can cause skin rashes and outbreaks.

As if the health hazards aren’t enough, attempting to remove black mold from your home without the equipment or training to do so can actually spread the issue to other parts of your home. Mold spores can easily latch onto your clothes and equipment and travel to rooms that aren’t affected by mold problems.

When black mold has taken home in your home, we recommend calling a mold remediation specialist like Tidal Wave Response. Our specialists have the experience, equipment, and training to not only remove black mold from your home, but address the cause and prevent it from returning again.

Black Mold Remediation with Tidal Wave Response Atlanta

If you suspect you have any type of mold in your home, it’s important to have this problem removed promptly by professional mold remediation specialists. Tidal Wave Response addresses the problem at the source and removes the cause of the mold growth, which prevents mold from just growing back immediately.

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