Blog Articles About Black Mold


What Happens When Mold Spores Enter the Body?

Black Mold in the Body

Is it really a problem if you are exposed to black mold spores?

MoldSporeExposure-MoldSolutionsNWThe answer to that is definitely yes! Mold not only grows on surfaces inside and outside of your home, but if it is inhaled, it can continue its growth inside your body.

I remember as a child being told that if I swallowed watermelon seeds, they would begin growing in my stomach. That was a pretty frightening thought…

But the idea that mold can grow inside your body is a pretty disgusting thought, but it’s a reality.

Once it begins growing there, it will produce toxins that can make you very ill, from simple things such as sneezing and watery eyes to more severe problems such as breathing disorders, vomiting and neurological disorders.

Mold Diagnosis

Mold exposure problems are very difficult to diagnose…in fact they are probably the most misdiagnosed symptoms and illnesses in the country, often confused with other illnesses, so diagnosing it correctly can be nearly impossible.

Watch this short little video which will help you understand how mold can enter your body and what it can do once it is there.


If you think you have a mold issue in your home, don’t wait until it affects yours and your family’s health…Contact us right away!


Types of Mold

Are All Types of Mold Dangerous?

Types of Mold - Mold Solutions NWIt’s amazing to note that there are over 100,000 different types of mold that we co-exist with, which makes it all the more understandable to realize that mold is everywhere and is always with us.

And although we shudder when we think about living with mold, many of its species are harmless and serve an important purpose in our environment.

Along with the harmless mold, there is also the toxic type, which can cause health issues, some of which are quite serious. When toxic mold spore levels are low, there is not much risk to your health, but when the levels increase you may experience such symptoms and illnesses as:

  • Headaches
  • Increased asthma symptoms
  • Infections
  • Respiratory problems
  • Rashes

The elderly, the very young, and people who already have pre-existing conditions such as auto-immune deficiencies or respiratory conditions are especially affected.

The 3 Major Mold Groups:

These mold groups are the most common and are the ones that will jeopardize your health.

  • Allergenic mold – Typically this type of mold will not cause severe illness, but rather cause scratchy throats, irritated eyes and nose and skin rashes.
  • Pathogenic mold – This mold can cause infections and more severe health issues especially for people who have HIV, Auto-Immune Disorders or who are currently having chemotherapy treatment.
  • Toxic mold – This type of mold actually produces toxins that are harmful. Luckily they are rare, because they have been linked to cancer and in rare cases, death.

Toxic Molds

Black Mold - Mold Solutions NWThere are 2 types of toxic molds:

  1. Stachybotrys, which is more commonly called black mold. (Just the name sounds ominous!) Because it is difficult to find, which gives it the opportunity to easily grow and reproduce, black mold is extremely dangerous. Unlike other molds whose spores float easily through the air, when black mold spores are damp, they become sticky making them harder to detect with air quality sampling. A lethal toxin, it has been known to be fatal to animals and cause extreme health conditions in human.
  2. Memnoniella, like Stachybotrys, is a contaminant and also thrives on organic, wet materials such as fabrics, wood, and wallboard. Their toxicity and danger are also very similar.

If you are experiencing health issues that you can’t explain, or you think you have toxic mold growing in your home, you should contact a certified mold inspector and remediator to assess your situation.

Because mold is so easily spread, and you’re not trained to locate, recognize and remediate mold, it’s probably not a good idea to tackle the job yourself

 


Black Mold Removal in Seattle

What Causes Black Mold?

Black MoldConsidered one of the most toxic molds, black mold is also one of the most common types of mold found in homes today, and is often called “toxic black mold”.

Black mold typically grows where there is a combination of:

  • High humidity
  • Dark, dank areas
  • Areas that have neglected water damage
    • Can be caused by leaks or floods
  • Organic materials for it to feed off of

Extreme, but perfect examples of this are the homes that were flooded and abandoned in New Orleans when hurricane “Katrina” hit.

Because the homes were so badly damaged and under water for so long, the residents moved away, giving black mold the perfect breeding ground. The walls, ceilings and floors were totally covered in black mold, leaving the homes uninhabitable.

You don’t need a hurricane or other disaster to create the conditions for black mold to grow. You can have leaky pipes, a leak in the attic, blocked rain gutters that cause water to seep into your walls or a minor flood in the basement. If the problem and the damage goes undetected and untreated the toxic mold growth will begin.

What makes black mold toxic?

Mold reproduces and spreads by creating spores which travel through the air. As they land on surfaces that have the right conditions, they begin to grow and spread. They in turn create more spores, and the cycle continues.

If, when black mold spores travel through the air, they are inhaled by someone, they can settle in the lungs and bloodstream where they can grow and reproduce.

What are the symptoms of black mold poisoning?

A person who may have black mold poisoning may experience symptoms that are similar Symptoms of toxic black moldto a cold such as:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing

They may also experience strong occurrences of allergy symptoms and asthma.

Toxic black mold syndrome can become a horrible illness, and unlike a cold, these symptoms will not go away by themselves, and will often end up as respiratory issues.

Like your symptoms, black mold in your home will not go away on its own – both you and your home need to be treated by professionals.

Don’t put it off, contact me right away if you suspect you have black mold growing in your home – your health depends on it!