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Do You Have A Black Mold Problem? Here's How To Tell

by Matthew Fields

Most people are well aware that black mold is one of the most deadly and serious types of mold. When this type of mold is present in a home, it can cause all sorts of health issues for the inhabitants who breathe it and its spores in.

For these reasons, it is wise to be aware of the warning signs that black mold may have infiltrated your home. That way, you can fix the problem before it has a chance to cause serious or potentially even fatal issues for you and your family.

Unexplained Coughing

if you or one of your family members suddenly starts coughing uncontrollably when in the home or after prolonged exposure to the home, this could be an indicator that black mold is present.

Mold spores can make their way into the lungs, leading to coughing and general lung irritation. In fact, many people who are regularly exposed to black mold think they have bronchitis or some other condition that causes chronic coughing.

However, the real issue could be as simple as mold exposure, so if someone in your household is coughing a lot out of nowhere, it's not a bad idea to get that person checked for black mold exposure by a doctor.

Past Water Exposure

Not all people who are exposed to black mold will develop symptoms. Not developing symptoms, however, does not mean that the mold is not doing damage to the body. Thus, it is important to be aware of not just physical symptoms but also potential precursors to black mold development.

One of the most common black mold precursors, for example, is major water exposure in a home. If your home has experienced flooding or other moisture damage, black mold could have developed as a result, even if you took steps to get rid of the moisture quickly.

For this reason, a few months after water exposure, it's a good idea to have a home tested for black mold just in case.

Odd, Musty Smells

One final thing to be on the lookout for is strange odors in your home. As mold develops, it often leaves behind a distinct, musty smell. It might smell damp or like an old attic or basement. Whatever the case may be, if you notice odd, unexplained smells in the home, it's probably not a bad idea to get it tested for mold.

If you can follow these tips and advice, you run a much better chance of protecting those you love from the harmful effects of black mold exposure. Contact a company such as American Environmental Construction LLC for more information about mold removal.