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Black Mold 101: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health and Home

As it grows, black mold travels through your home while releasing dangerous spores that are especially hazardous to human health.

Stachybotrys chartarum, otherwise known as toxic black mold, is a well known threat to homes with areas exposed to moisture. Much like the flu, it quickly infects homes with a single touch of exposure, with any additional moisture rapidly feeding the flames. While the sight of black mold often sends homeowners into panic over the health of their houses, the real threat of it all is the risk posed to your health when exposed.

Black Mold Basics

With a tiny leak, black mold can go a long way in your home, thriving on dampness and humidity in your walls, wood, and carpet. As it grows, black mold travels through your home while releasing dangerous spores that are especially hazardous to human health. If inhaled, these tiny spores can become a big problem, typically causing various types of illness and respiratory issues for anyone breathing the air around it. Prolonged exposure to this type of mold poses dangerous consequences for any individual exposed in its path, with symptoms such as bleeding in the lungs and digestive issues.

Discovery Protocol and Safety

Should you discover black mold in your home, the first and most important step in this process is to protect yourself with a facemask and a long sleeve shirt to reduce your risk of exposure. Once you discover the source of moisture that may be causing the mold, try to seal the leak or cut off the water supply. This will temporarily delay any further growth until the mold is removed.

Bring in the Professionals

While some types of mold can be easily removed by hand, others such as black mold often require the help of a professional. If you have any doubt about your ability to remove this type of mold from your home, or if the mold is well advanced in its growth, it is best to consult a professional immediately and trust a team of skilled professionals with the task of removing it from your home. Until then, do your best to remove yourself and your family from the affected area to minimize your exposure risks and prevent any hazards to your health in the future.

Eliminate Black Mold Today with Environmental Consulting and Contracting Group

If you are concerned about moisture and the potential for mold growth in your home, call the professionals at Environmental Consulting and Contracting Group for any and all of your black mold questions. We have over 30 years combined experience in professional mold remediation and mold cleanup, so please rest assured that if there is a problem we will be able to tackle it. We offer our valued customers a lifetime guarantee against the return of mold growth because we are so confident in our work. Give us a call at 1-877-591-MOLD or visit us online  for more information. To learn more ways to combat mold growth in your home, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.


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