The Key Points in Identifying Black Mold
Within Your Home
by Jonathon Gregory
A plethora of
issues arise within peoples homes, and while many of them arent
hazardous, there are plenty that actually present a danger. Ranging from fire risk to
carbon monoxide poisoning, threats within the home are very realistic and deserve focused
and consistent attention.
One extremely dangerous and under respected problem that people face
within their homes is the presence of black
mold. This mold, often viewed as simple decay and organic growth in poorly maintained
building structures, is much more prevalent than one would assume. Not only is black mold
present within modern houses, but the hazard is located across a large scope of area
within American borders.
Below are the dangers involved with black mold, and some specific ways
to investigate whether or not youre facing the toxins first hand. Its
imperative as a homeowner to understand the risks associated with black mold, with the
goal being to prevent the situation from happening. If it does, at least youll be
able to identify it and seek professional mold removal before it becomes a grave concern.
The Dangers of Black Mold
The danger associated with black mold is very legitimate and its
worth recognizing as a homeowner. Whether youre in an area on the East Coast hit by
Hurricane Sandy, or you live in a location that houses a climate perfect for the
development of black mold, its worth your time to understand the risks and
identification process of this toxic growth. Below are some of the symptoms associated
with black mold:
Congestion within your sinuses
Itchy eyes and runny nose
Coughing or irritated throat
Subtle to severe nausea
Hampered coordination or balance
Pulmonary and respiratory problems
The side effects of black mold exposure vary not only by the specific
person being affected, but also by the level exposure during the relative situation. These
are some, but definitely not all of the dangers associated with this type of toxic mold.
Ways to Identify Black Mold
While its best to seek professional help when diagnosing the
presence of black mold, there are some ways that you can do an overview evaluation your
situation from home. Below are some tips to help you evaluate your situation to determine
if youre dealing with a black mold problem:
If you have any water damaged areas in your house, they should be the
first place you look. Whether its the basement, oddly placed crawl spaces or the
wall foundation behind the laundry machine, you need to look carefully. These are prime
places for black mold to be found, and efficiency is critical when identifying it to
prevent further progression.
Look for dark patches on the dry wall and other surfaces within your
house. If you see any black mold spreading in a substantial way, you could have a serious
problem. Similar to many situations in life, the scope of an issue like this is usually
much greater than what is visible to the eye. This makes the recognition phase of the
process even more crucial to carry out in a well-organized manner.
Take note of the mold spreading pattern. Black mold specifically
grows in a distinctive circular pattern that you can quickly identify with an online
search and a careful eye.
Homeownership is already tough. It only gets harder when problems
arise, and then when they get worse. Part of having a smooth tenure in a residence is
staying on top of common issues, and this is another one to think about. Whether or not
youre experiencing symptoms, its always wise to have an eye out for this
hazardous mold. The quicker you get on top of it, the sooner you can seek professional
advice and rid yourself of the issue.
Jonathon Gregory is constantly starting a new DIY project. When hes not,
hes finishing one.