What Are The Symptoms Of Black Mold In The Basement?
Mold. Brings up some ugly images, doesn’t it? A gross green growth on old bread. Yuck! The growth on that old sock that came out of the washing machine but fell behind the dryer, not to be discovered until spring cleaning. Disgusting! But maybe the worst of all is the mold that seemingly appears overnight in the basement of your home. Now that is really scary!
This leads to the question, is mold harmful or is it simply an eyesore? Well, it depends. If you ate that piece of toast could it make you sick? Maybe, but I wouldn’t advise finding out. Could you wash that sock in bleach, getting another dozen or so “wears” out of it? Sure, but do yourself a favor and just buy a new pair. What about basement mold, is it dangerous? Based on the severity and type, absolutely.
The truth is, basements are prone to mold. Thriving in a dark, damp area is what this nasty fungus is known for. Chances are you have some form of this growth in your home right now. Common types such as penecillium, alternaria and aspergillus usually aren’t dangerous, so you can relax. Sure, they look ugly, but a little elbow grease and some bleach can eliminate these outbreaks. The serious problem arises when you find stachybotrys chartarum, the evil Black Mold.
This diabolical growth can pose serious health issues, especially to vulnerable family members who are prone to catching colds or those who have compromised immune systems. Moderate health concerns due to exposure range from skin irritation to itchy eyes, while more severe complications include lung infections, fever and shortness of breath.
Often, mold contamination isn’t visible, hiding behind basement walls or under drop ceilings. Finding the source of this uninvited guest is one problem, but rectifying the situation is a whole other kettle of fish. This concept can’t be stressed enough: identification followed by total remediation needs to be performed by a professional. As a homeowner you would be doing your family and yourself a huge disservice if you attempted to battle this monster alone. The true source of this black mold can hide, and ,if not addressed properly, will certainly reappear. More importantly is the mold’s origin. What caused this outbreak in the first place?
Keystone Basement Systems are certified experts in mold remediation. You can always call us for a no obligation, free assessment. We will be able happy to educate you in dealing with this dreaded beast and offer professional options. Call 1-800-771-3244 and let our experienced team perform a house call to gauge how best to defeat that monster lurking in your basement.