No, black mold found in attics can be risky and professional services are needed to get rid of it. Black mold can be risky for various reasons because it can cause health-related complications. Black mold is a type of fungi that is present in most homes where there is a moisture or ventilation problem. This can be due to faulty ventilation or leakage in the attic. Despite there not being an official type of black mold, it has lent its name due to the black discoloration. Black mold can be risky to people who already have respiratory issues like people who suffer from asthma. Mold, in general, can trigger severe allergy symptoms that can range from headaches, nausea, dizziness, to issues affecting the sinus. There are many myths regarding black mold that are not yet scientifically proven. One common popular belief is that black mold is said to cause cancers. No research to date has linked black mold directly to causing cancers. People who have a sensitivity to mold, generally have a sensitivity to “mycotoxins”. Mycotoxins are a type of poison that is created by certain species that belong to the fungi kingdom. You can think of certain poisonous mushrooms that are not safe to eat. In this instance, since mushrooms belong to the fungi kingdom, the toxins that make them unsafe to eat are called mycotoxins.
As said before, any type of mold can be toxic regardless of its color. Molds come in all types of colors that can range from green, yellow, and the most infamous of them all, black. Precaution is required for the elderly and infants. People with compromised immune systems or respiratory systems may be the ones most at risk.
You do not want mold to spread in the home regardless, and to prevent this is to make sure that the home is properly ventilated and that no excess moisture is present in spaces where mold can thrive. Usually, mold thrives in spaces such as the attic, crawl space, bathroom, and basement. These spaces in the home are very susceptible to leaks.
You can perform a simple DIY check by simply observing these common spaces. If mold is indeed found in these spaces, it can quickly spread to other parts of the house. Mold is spread through tiny particles called spores that ensure the spread of the mold beyond its original starting point. Instances have been found where mold started in the attic and found its way to the basement. This is because spores can latch on to anything, including people so that it can “travel”.
If you are in doubt whether you have possible mold growth or want to prevent the spread thereof, hire the mold remediation specialists from Attic Insulation Toronto! Contact our customer service team to book your next appointment.