What to Know About Black Mold After Water Damage

Black mold shows up as a dark green fungus that has a distinct and mildewy smell. This type of mold thrives in dark, damp places which makes it easy for it to grow quickly and spread especially after water damage. This mold not only causes health problems but can also do significant damage to your home. Continue reading to learn more about black mold and its effects after water damage.

Signs of Black Mold

This type of mold is most commonly found indoors and prefers high humidity spots. You’ll most likely find black mold within walls where humidity levels have the opportunity to be higher. Other areas black mold tends to like includes areas where water is present such as spaces under cabinets, windows with condensation, bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms.

This mold comes with a musty smell that resembles rotting plants or vegetables. In fact, it’s usually smelled before it’s seen. In addition, you may also notice water damage spots accompanied with dark, fuzzy, circular spots.

Effects of Black Mold

Exposure to mold can cause health problems especially in those who already deal with conditions such as allergies or difficulty breathing. Those who are extensively around this mold may experience symptoms like:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Rashes
  • Sinusitis
  • Difficulty breathing

Mild exposures can be more serious for those who already experience lung problems like asthma or COPD. Those who are older, infants, and those with weaker immune symptoms are also at a higher risk. This can make it very uncomfortable for those in the home.

Treating Black Mold

Black mold is easier to prevent than it is to eliminate. That is why it is beneficial to call in a mold remediation expert who can thoroughly tackle the problem and takes all the steps necessary to remove the mold completely from your home.

When it comes to prevention, the best tactic is to eliminate moisture where you can. This means drying off areas immediately, running dehumidifiers, and removing anything that has been water damaged as quickly as possible.

Don’t face these situations alone. If you’re dealing with water damage or mold, we’re here to help. Call Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC at 770-966-9987 orcontact us using our online form to learn more about our restoration methods.