The dangers of Black Mould in Homes
Many homeowners and tenants are well aware of the threat that mould poses within the home, typically imagining that the worst that it can cause is respiratory issues to its inhabitants, whilst equally damaging the property and the contents within it. However a significantly more serious form of mould – Stachybotrys chartarum (more commonly known as Black Mould) presents an inherently dangerous range of health issues, ranging from mental impairment to circulatory problems. Here, we take a look at just what Black Mould is, how you can spot it and what you should do about it.
Just what is Black Mould?
Black Mould is one of the better known moulds as it can be relatively common in households, yet it is extremely dangerous to our health. The issue with Black Mould is that, whilst not all moulds are toxic, the majority of them look very similar to one another, and so they can easily be mixed up by anyone who is less than professionally trained.
What does Black Mould look like?
Black mould is a greenish-black colour with a jelly like texture and appearance. It is often slimy with a clear wet layer on top of it (that said, if the mould’s water supply runs out the mould can then appear dry and powder like).
Black Mould: A serious threat to those around it
Black Mould is not to be underestimated; make no mistake, this is a substance that poses many varied threats to our health; it can damage organs, create breathing difficulties and even, in the most serious of cases, lead to death. Here’s a full run down of the possible symptoms associated with Black Mould:
- Mental and neurological impairment;
- Respiratory issues, such as restricted airways;
- Circulatory symptoms;
- Vision impairment and eye issues;
- Skin irritations;
- Immune system impairment;
- Reproductive system damage;
- Fatigue and general discomfort.
The vulnerable and Black Mould
As Black Mould is allergenic, which releases toxic spores which go on to create allergic reactions, the vulnerable (such as the young, elderly and those in poor health) are most at risk from the threat that this substance poses.
The potential link between Black Mould and Cancer
Much research has been undertaken upon potential links between Black Mould and cancer, and whilst there still needs to be further studies completed, it’s yet another intimidating tick within the list of fatal health issues that Black Mould may be accountable for.
Where Black Mould is most commonly found
Contrary to popular belief mould likes warm conditions, however it needs a lot of moisture in order to grow, and so it can tend to be found hidden away in places that aren’t open. For this reason Black Mould may often be found where there is a leak within a wall, above a ceiling or even under floor boards.
This form of mould does, thankfully, take a while to grow, generally taking a week or more within wet conditions to begin to colonize.
What you should do about Black Mould
First things first you should never, ever, attempt to remove Black Mould yourself. Disturbing this form of mould can cause a dramatic release of spores into the area that it is within, leading to potentially serious outcomes.
Instead you should always consult the professionals, who will be trained, and have the equipment and materials, for removing Black Mould with only minimal disturbance.
At Ductbusters we know all too well of the threat that Black Mould poses, which is why our staff are extensively trained to handle such projects with care, expertise and with the industry leading equipment and cleaning substances required to safely remedy Black Mould growth.
If you think that you may be dealing with a case of Black Mould within your home or business premises, then get in touch; we provide a completely free site survey, and will be able to professionally diagnose the mould that you’re dealing with.
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