How Mold in Your Home Affects You and Your Family
All fungi start their life cycle as a microscopic spore floating through the air in search of a haven where they can begin to grow into a full blow mold colony. A mold spore needs a moist, dark, and poorly ventilated space to call it’s home to maturate into its next stage in life. If the spore can not float to such a place, it will wither and die.
Despite its minuscule size, when mold spores come into contact with humans the consequences can be dire. Depending on the type of mold, effects can range from nothing at all to severe neurological impairment. Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as black mold is among one of the most dangerous types of mold. Its presence in a home can cause chronic sinus issues, allergic reactions, nosebleeds, headaches, hypersensitivity, pneumonitis, skin infections, and neurological complications. Small children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable to black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum and will have the most adverse effects to the inhalation of mold spores.
The presence of black mold in a house can be an unending source of grief and aggravation. Often it’s presence is not discovered for many months and sometimes even years. Discovering that a home is infested with Stachybotrys chartarum can be such a bother that homeowners will often move out, just to free themselves from living under the oppression of the mycotoxin coming off of the mold. In some states, it is a law that the realtor reveal to prospective buyers of a home if the home ever had a mold problem.
Unless you are a professional mold remediation company, most molds look the same. Black mold is usually greenish-black and somewhat slimy or wet, but may also appear grayish with a sooty, powdery texture, but this describes a variety of molds. If you find mold in your home, call DryMax Restoration for professional mold inspection and mold restoration. We are a mold remediation company located in Louisiana. We proudly service the Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Opelousas areas.