There aren’t many areas of the country that never see flooding. While Arlington is mostly safe from the direct effects of hurricanes, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to experience heavy rains that cause bodies of water like Lake Arlington to flood.

Any type of flooding, whether caused by rain or by a burst pipe, can lead to the growth of black mold in a home or office. And black mold, more technically identified as Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common and dangerous types of mold that grows after a building has been subjected to a constant source of unchecked water. Such toxic molds can cause allergic reactions in many people, including coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Even worse are the symptoms that aren’t so obvious that correlate to the presence of black mold: headaches, confusion, memory loss, depression, and anxiety.

Where Does Black Mold Come From?

Mold spores can live for a very long time while they await a water source. When disturbed, the spores that live in soil can float on air current and into buildings. Black mold thrives in a dark, moist environment and will often show up after an area has been subjected to water. Its food source is anything that contains a high amount of cellulose. Unfortunately, there are ample supplies of cellulose within a home, including drywall, carpet, and the wood frames that make up most houses.

If you are suffering from allergic symptoms inside your home that seem to clear up when you’re outside of it, you could have a black mold problem. While black mold can be seen and smelled — it’s greenish black and smells like rotting plant matter — it can also hide behind walls or in crawl spaces. It’s best to get a professional mold inspector into your home so that the exact location of black mold can be identified and a plan can be formulated.

Contact Culley Enviro For Expert Arlington Mold Testing

Toxic mold isn’t something that should be taken lightly. If you have experienced any flooding or the allergic symptoms that we’ve mentioned, contact us today. We can handle your mold inspection and mold removal in Arlington, ensuring that your house is safe once again.