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Just because you don’t live on the coast or near a river doesn’t mean that you’ll never experience having too much unwanted water in your home. Pipes can burst, attics can leak, and windows can be left open during flash floods. All of these can lead to the need for mold testing and remediation. If you’ve heard about toxic mold on the news, you might think that it’s been overhyped. The truth is, toxic mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is every bit as dangerous as they say, causing extensive health problems. Most people will have some sort of allergic reaction to toxic mold, running from itchy eyes to coughing, sneezing to rashes. Unfortunately, it gets even worse. The neurotoxins that mold releases can actually affect the brain, causing dizziness, memory loss, and depression. Obviously, black mold isn’t something to be taken lightly. If you believe you could have a mold problem in your home, mold assessment and removal could be in your future.

How Does Black Mold Work?

Black mold spores are often brought in with floodwaters, which introduce both the moisture and the mold spore itself. But mold spores can also become airborne and fly in through a door or window. If that spore finds water, it could start to reproduce. Of course, mold also needs something feed on. In nature, mold will break down organic matter such as fallen tree branches. Black mold requires cellulose, and when it gets indoors the three most common food sources are carpeting, wood framing, and the paper coating on dry walls. All of these can feed mold for years or even decades. It will periodically send out spores, which can travel throughout the house or office via the HVAC system and affect anyone who is allergic. Black mold is often found hiding behind walls, which means that a mold air test is the only way to discover it without tearing up the walls.

Contact Your North Richland Hills Mold Specialists

If you have any reason to believe that mold may be affecting your health, contact our mold inspection company today. It’s the first step toward finding out if you will be needing mold remediation.