A Guide to Black Mold & What to Do About It

A Guide to Black Mold & What to Do About It Tuesday, July 02, 2019

There are many types of mold that can form in your home after water damage occurs and if that water damage isn’t promptly addressed. One of the most feared types is black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum.

It’s commonly referred to as “toxic black mold” but that’s a bit of a misnomer—the mold itself is not toxic. It does, however, release toxigenic spores into the air around it as it feeds on materials like carpet, drywall, and other substances in your home.

Here is a guide to black mold and what you can do to prevent it in your central Florida home located in communities such as Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven and other areas like Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills.


What Does Black Mold Do to People?

Mold is growing in the corner of this shower in Lakeland.

Most often, black mold will cause adverse respiratory system issues. It can cause a chronic cough, eye irritation, sneezing, nose and throat irritation, fatigue, headaches, and more when people are exposed to the spores. When an allergic reaction happens, other symptoms such as vomiting, nose bleeds, bleeding in the lungs, and more can occur.

Black mold can also aggravate asthmatic patients, making their symptoms worse or occur more often. If a person has immune system issues, then they will be more susceptible to mold, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The mold can also affect children and potentially increase their likelihood of developing asthma as they grow.


How to Prevent Black Mold Growing in Your Home

When you sustain any sort of water damage to your home, whether it be from a flood, storm, or overflowing toilet, it’s important to have that repaired as soon as possible. Mold thrives in moist, dark conditions and many materials within your home create the ideal environment for mold to grow.

Mold is attracted to wood, paper products, cardboard, ceilings, wallpaper, carpet, fabrics, drywall, and upholstery—in other words, almost any surface in your home can harbor mold. Addressing water damage quickly helps to mitigate this growth.

At True Builders, we can help repair water damage and also perform mold remediation to get your home back in tip-top shape.


What to Do to Keep Black Mold From Coming Back

This ceiling in Winter Haven, FL has black mold from water damage.

If you do have black mold and recently got it removed, there are some tips you can use to deter it from coming back. Make sure you have a dehumidifier handy, as mold loves humid conditions. Also, make sure that your home is properly ventilated, with exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen to draw out any excess moisture. It’s also recommended to keep carpet out of your bathroom. If you do spy mold, we do not recommend that you try to clean it up on your own as you may end up inhaling harmful spores.

Don’t ever bring in any old wood from outside, especially when it’s damp. More than likely, mold is already growing on this wood and it can spread to other objects inside your home.


If you suspect you have mold growing in your home, give us a call!

At True Builders, we are the central Florida experts in repairing water damage and mold remediation. If you think you may have mold in your home, then call us at (863) 647-1800 to set up a consultation. We’d love to help you get your home looking better than ever if you’re located in areas like Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, or surrounding areas.

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