Safety Precautions for Your Family and Black Mold

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Molds are a common household problem that businesses and homeowners dread, not just because they reduce the aesthetic value of properties, but because they could also lead to the damage of properties. And, ultimately, leave homeowners with the burden of repair or removal costs. But, of all the mold types, black mold is the most dreaded and dangerous.

Scientifically known as Stacybotrys chartarum and Stachybotrys chlorohalonata, black mold can infest your home and grow into colonies in as little as 48 hours. Apart from reducing the indoor quality of your home, this type of mold is very toxic and can lead to a series of health complications for you and your family. Prolonged exposure to black mold spores or black mold poisoning can cause:

  • Chronic coughing and sneezing

  • Respiratory irritation

  • Skin disorders, including rashes

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Headaches

  •  Vomiting

  • Nausea

  • Bleeding within the lungs and nose

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Safety Precautions When Dealing with Black Mold

If you've discovered black mold in your home, there's no need to panic. There are certain measures you can take to ensure that you and your family are safe from the spores of black mold. We'll tell you some:

  • Do not attempt a DIY removal: this may probably be the first thing that comes to your mind, but black mold removal is best left to the experts. Trying to remove this toxic mold yourself can put you and your family in more danger, and worsen the situation.

  • Wear protective clothing: since black mold spores are microscopic, its quite easy for you or any member of your family to inhale or ingest them without even knowing. This is why it is essential that you wear protective clothing. Wear a facemask or a respirator, cover hands, and legs to avoid any contact with these dangerous mold spores.

  • Try to remove moisture from the atmosphere (if you can): mold thrives where there is moisture. So, if there are any leaks or condensation in your home, try to fix it, but if you can't, it’s best to leave it to the pros.

  • Isolate the affected area: try to seal any openings or doorways that lead to other parts of the home. This will minimize the amount of spores that can float into other unaffected areas in the home.

  • Contact an Expert: this is probably saving the best tip for last, because this is the best course of action to take when you discover a black mold infestation in your home. Trying to handle the situation on your own could exacerbate the issue, just get the help of an expert black mold removal service like Breathe Pure TX and rest assured.


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