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How Black Mold Forms and The Health Related Risks

How Does Black Mold Form?

Toxic black mold is most likely to appear in warm damp areas such as crawl spaces or wall cavities that have been exposed to water leaks. The conditions for black mold to grow are, impacted areas must be saturated with water for approximately a week or more depending on weather conditions. When an area becomes saturated and is not addressed quickly, black mold can begin to form and cause major damage in your home or business. Black mold can form when flooding occurs and power to your home or business is disconnected. When this happens, unless you have a backup generator your air condition system will not be able to run. Air conditioning cools the inside air as well as removes the humidity. This breeds the perfect conditions for black mold to form. Fortunately, with modern advancements in drying equipment and dehumidifiers, water damage restoration companies can quickly dry the impacted areas before mold has a chance to begin growing. It is very important to note, most insurance companies do not cover mold remediation because it is your responsibility as a property owner to act quickly, otherwise, the insurance companies view this as neglect and in most cases, they will not cover the repairs associated with mold.

What Are The Health-Related Risk?

Black mold can cause several reactions depending on the length of exposure and the number of spores inhaled.

Common Symptoms:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Eye irritation
  • Stiffness and joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness

What To Do If You Discover Mold Damage?

Contact a water damage restoration company that is IICRC certified to handle the mold remediation process. Water restoration companies will know how to contain the area(s) so mold spores cannot travel to other locations in the home or business. They will use specialized equipment to dry the impacted areas and clean the air. The damaged materials should be removed, treated and restored only by trained professionals.

By Aaron Knight, President, Integrity Building and Restoration Services