Mold is a living organism that comes in many forms. Of the many types of mold, black mold, is well known for spreading in locations with a lot of humidity, residual water, and moisture in general—like your crawl space. This moisture can come from the atmosphere, like the humidity of summers in North Carolina. It can also be caused internally, from either a leak in your crawl space or an indirect source of water. Whatever the cause of black mold in your crawl space, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) mandates that all molds “should be treated the same with respect to health risks and removal.”
Black Mold In Your Crawl Space Causes Health Concerns
From causing the onset of allergies to localized skin and mucosal infections, the claims of health damage from mold are widely varied. While research is pending on some of the claims, other symptoms of mold like red eyes, runny nose, and other allergic symptoms are well established. For those already allergic to mold, black mold has been proven to cause asthma attacks. With numerous claims of health damage in various stages of research, there are many reasons to get rid of mold when found in your home or crawl space.
Black Mold Produces Mycotoxins
In certain environmental conditions, black mold is known to produce mycotoxins. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) admits that not much is known about mycotoxins. Research is pending, and as of 2017, experts are divided on the health effects of these mysterious organisms. What is known, however, is that some mycotoxins have been proven to cause damage to animals such as rabbits and cows. To avoid the risk of possible health damage from mycotoxins, it’s recommended to prevent the growth of mold or remove it if it has been found in your crawl space.
Mold Damages The Air Quality In Your Home
Black mold causes an array of symptoms and degrades the air quality inside your home. Since air affects everything we do, this decrease in air quality is known to cause respiratory symptoms, irritations, and other nasty ailments. Specifically, problems caused by mold-affected air include headaches, fatigue, and allergy problems with the eyes and throat. If you think you have mold in your crawl space, avoid the potential effect on your air-quality and health by planning an evaluation with PES Crawlspace today.
Remove & Prevent Black Mold in Crawl Space
The best way to avoid mold in your crawl space is through prevention. This means getting rid of any moisture you find as soon as possible—or preventing it from building in the first place. OSHA also recommends ensuring that ventilation is used when possible, especially in kitchens and areas that accumulate moisture. While your crawl space may not be the most accessible part of your home, it’s important to be aware of any moisture so it doesn’t create a haven for mold growth. The mold experts at PES Crawlspace have deep experience and know just where to look. We can identify and fix your black mold problem with little disruption to your daily life.
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