Symptoms of Black Mold – Know What To Look Out For.
When black mold first ‘invades’ your home it can be tricky to identify because the symptoms of black mold show up in numerous different ways. It’s vital you learn what to look for because black mold can be seriously detrimental to the health of those living in its proximity. At the very least this type of mold can cause mild allergies, and if ignored can lead to more serious medical problems such as Asthma or sinus infections.
This article will identify the worst of the symptoms for you because the sooner you recognize the symptoms of black mold the easier it is to quickly take action and remove the source of the problem.
You should always be aware that black mold exists and be on the lookout for its symptoms. You need to understand that you may not even realize that there is toxic black mold in your home until someone starts showing regular signs of illness. And even then the symptoms are often so similar to asthma or a sinus infection that you might not even consider the symptoms of a toxic mold.
Dampness (high humidity)
An early warning sign is if there is a persistent high level of dampness (humidity) in an area of your home. Should the humidity level in your home exceed 55%, then this is the prime environment for the growth of black mold spores. Probably the easiest way to test your home’s humidity level is to purchase some sort of indoor humidity monitor or hygrometer from your local drugstore. Position the hygrometer where you suspect the problem lies, keeping it out of the sunlight, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for measuring the humidity level. The hygrometer will display the resultant humidity level as a percentage.
The place in your home where black mold usually strikes first is where most of your water pies are located. If you have a basement it’s worth starting here since this likely where most pipes will be. If you do have a damp basement it’s worth considering installing a basement air purifier to minimize the likelihood of mold infestation
When the temperature of the water inside the pipes is different to that outside the pipes, condensation will form naturally and often goes unnoticed for lengthy periods of time. In fact you may never realize that there are symptoms of black mold present if you rarely see the pipes. When a leaking pipe is discovered, homeowners tend to concentrate on repairing the leak and never consider that dampness caused by the leak can quickly lead to an infestation of toxic mold.
Can you smell musty odors?
Further symptoms of mold are when you become aware of strange smells or musty odors. This is because black mold usually grows in places that are out of the way and so you don’t normally see them, or sometimes in places that you can’t clean or maintain easily, places such as cracks and crevices or behind sinks and basins.
Of course, smelling an odd odor in an area of your home does not necessarily point to you having black mold, but it is certainly one of the early symptoms that can alert you to the need for black mold testing.
Be aware though that a serious black mold symptom is if you can smell musty odors when your air-conditioning system is running. This is because if the odors are caused by black mold, the many toxic spores are circulating in the air you and your family are breathing.
Another symptom of black mold is when pale yellow stains appear on the walls. Although, black mold itself tends to be dark green in color, it reveals itself by stains starting to appear through the paint on your wall or from underneath the wallpaper. By the time this happens you should suspect you have a serious mold problem and take steps to check it out.
Further symptoms are when paint starts flaking and peeling off a wall because of moisture present. A check you can do here is to shine a black light on any suspect wall. Should you see a yellow glow, then you know it’s very probable you do have black mold in the wall. Get it checked out as soon as possible.
The purpose of this article is to make you aware that toxic black mold is nasty stuff and you should always keep your eyes open for it.