Mold is a common problem for property owners in the state of Florida, with its warm, humid climate which is perfect for mold development. Organic structural materials and household items, coupled with moisture, nourish and encourage mold growth indoors.
When any member of your household is suffering from chronic allergies or frequent asthma attacks, it may be due to the presence of mold. Learn about mold and its health risks, especially black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum).
What is Mold?
Types of Mold Commonly Found in Homes
Dangers of Black Mold
In 1997, it was reported that several babies in Cleveland, Ohio became ill, and some passed away from bleeding in the lungs from subsequent exposure to remarkably high levels of the Stachybotrus atra mold.
In 2007, the journal Veterinary Forum published an article reporting that two cats had died in what was believed to be the first-ever documented case of black mold poisoning in pets. The cats are from a water-damaged house in Florida. Blood tests confirmed the presence of satratoxin G, a toxin produced by the toxic black mold, and severe mold contamination was found in the house.
A variety of health problems can develop, that is why diligent steps should be taken in advance at the very first signs of mold infestation in your property. Whenever you take notice of discoloration in your home decors or suspect weird building or property odors, take immediate steps to contact a professional mold inspector.
How to Control Moisture
To prevent mold growth, it is necessary to control moisture.