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Black Mold & Your Health

The health effects of black mold are very serious, and a mold problem should not be taken lightly. We will discuss some of the dangers of black mold so that you understand why mold is such a problem and how it should be taken care of.
Illnesses Caused by Black Mold
When a mold contamination is present in a building or home, it can cause health issues through the toxicity that builds up in a person’s body. The dangers from black mold can occur through several forms of exposure, for example:

  • Microscopic mold spores move through the buildings ventilation system, which you end up breathing in the spores. This can result in toxicity within the body.
  • When the mold spores are present in the air, food may become contaminated and those spores are ingested when the food is eaten.
  • When your skin comes into direct contact with the mold, it may cause a number of health effects of black mold. Avoid direct contact, because it is extremely dangerous.

 

If you are exposed to the dangers of black mold in any of these ways, it is likely that symptoms will develop and you will experience increased health problems. The symptoms usually start out small, because the mold exposure is small in the beginning. As the mold growth spreads, the number of mold spores in the house quickly increases, causing a compounding effect on your health problems.
Some illnesses that are caused by black mold include: allergies, asthma, sinus infections, lung infections, chronic fatigue, stuffy nose, lupus, dizziness, headaches, nausea, fertility problems and cancer. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for an extended period of time, and suspect it may be a result of mold exposure, contact your team at Crew Construction, and one of our certified professionals can test your home or building for mold problems.
How To Treat Mold Symptoms
When you are experiencing the health effects of black mold, two steps need to be taken in order to correct the problem: First, it is necessary to visit the doctor and treat the health effects with medical techniques. It is important to mention that you have been in contact with black mold. Second, it is very important to clean up the home in order to minimize the dangers of black mold.
This cleanup process is a critical part of stopping the symptoms. By only treating the health problems while you continue to be exposed, then the health problems will only continue to get worse. Medical treatments will not be effective until you have removed the source of mold exposure.
Cleaning up the mold involves identifying all of the areas of the home that are growing mold. These areas are usually exposed to high levels of humidity or wetness, and the building materials usually need to be replaced. For example, if there is mold growth in the bathroom, then it is likely that the walls need to be opened in order to clean up mold growth within as well. The area should be repaired with brand new materials.
If you are doing the cleanup yourself, then the dangers of black mold increase during the cleanup process because you will be increasing your exposure to the mold. In order to avoid the health effects of black mold, it is necessary to take precautionary steps in order to prevent cross contamination and also minimize the exposure. Protect yourself by wearing goggles, a mask, and other protective clothing to avoid exposure to the spores.
If you want to be safe, we recommend hiring a professional, like your team at Crew Construction and Restoration, who has experience working with mold removal. We will advise you on the best cleanup process to completely get rid of your mold problems.

Do you suspect you have mold issues? Call Crew Construction for a Mold Removal Consultation!

  • Crew Construction will assess the situation at no cost to you.
  • We will help you find mold that you may not have seen. This is very important because if you miss even a little mold, you remain at risk for health problems
  • We have the knowledge and appropriate equipment to safely remove mold without exposing you to further health problems.
  • If you opt out and decide to do the work yourself, we can advise you on techniques that will help you complete the job safely.

Sometimes it takes a while for individuals to realize what they are experiencing is a result of mold exposure. If you are fighting with similar symptoms, have your house inspected right away. Since the side effects mimic other allergy symptoms, many individuals are misdiagnosed, and continue fighting the same battle. Once you have confirmation that you have black mold issues, let the healing process truly begin. Call Crew Construction and Restoration for your mold remediation needs.

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