Black Mold and your Health


What is Black Mold?

Black mold is a fungus that is typically dark green or black. It has a distinct mildewy scent and can be found on surfaces that contain damp cellulose (for example, fiberboard, wood, or gypsum board). You’re most likely to find black mold infestations in humid areas around your home, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and shower cubicles. These molds are not dangerous in themselves, but they can release harmful toxins into the surrounding environment. Inhaling these toxins may lead to certain health problems. People with lung disease or weakened immune systems tend to have a higher risk of experiencing these effects.


How Dangerous is Black Mold to Your Health?

‘Black mold’ is a scary enough term, but what are the implications for a healthy person breathing in the harmful toxins released by it? In otherwise healthy people, short term exposure to black mold is not likely to cause much harm. It takes long-term exposure for serious symptoms to develop.

That being said, mold and other irritants are difficult to avoid. Some groups of people are at higher risk of developing serious symptoms. People with the following conditions should stay vigilant and not ignore any unordinary or persistent symptoms:

  • asthma
  • weakened or suppressed immune system
  • seasonal allergies, such as hay fever
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • mold allergies

Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning

The typical symptoms of black mold poisoning are similar to those of common upper respiratory tract infections (think flu or common cold).

Symptoms of black mold exposure:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • stuffy and/or runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • itchy skin or eyes
  • Itchy throat

What Should I Do if I Think I Have Mold in my Home?

If you suspect you have mold but can’t see it, give us a call and we can connect you with one of our expert partners who can assess your space and determine if the mold is there, where it is, and what’s causing it. If you know you have mold and need a price for the remediation, we’ll be happy to schedule a free site visit and come up with a no-obligation quote.