Black mold is a major health hazard and a serious structural problem. Why? Black mold multiplies quickly and is highly toxic. Even after short-term exposure to black mold, you can experience severe health effects such as headaches, fatigue, allergies and asthma. Long-term exposure to toxic black mold can even be fatal.
As such, black mold removal is a must if you have toxic mold growing in your home or office. Professional black mold removal is a multi-step process that will systematically locate and effectively kill toxic black mold (also known as Stachybotrys chartarum).
What most people call black mold is scientifically referred to as Stachybotrys chartarum, a very hazardous and toxic species of mold. Black mold is usually found indoors, growing on various surfaces with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content (e.g. drywall, wood, wallpaper and glue). Outdoors, look for it in soil, hay, dead plants and seeds.
Stachybotrys is one of the most harmful molds to human health. Some species produce mycotoxins that are poisonous if inhaled. Prolonged exposure to these toxins can cause cold and flu-like symptoms (e.g. coughing, sneezing, fever and sore throat); breathing difficulties or worsening of asthma; vomitting; nausea; diarrhea; skin rashes; headaches; fatigue; and eye irritation.
In severe cases, toxic black mold can also lead to liver and kidney disease. It has also been suspected to contribute to the development of “Sick Building Syndrome,” a group of symptoms resulting from poor air quality in buildings with bad ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems.
The following areas of a home are typically most prone to mold growth and therefore most likely to need black mold removal:
The fact that mold is able to grow so easily explains why black mold removal is such a complex task. However, when left to a professional, black mold removal can be effective and yield long-lasting results. Call Mold Busters in Ottawa today for expert help with your mold remediation project.
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