Every metro area suffers from flooding at some point, no matter where it is or how well the storm drains are designed. Dallas is no exception; while we get less rain than a lot of the country, we’re still going to have occasional flooding. Even if you’re safe from floodwaters, there’s always the chance that plumbing will fail and a part of your house will be submerged.

Water in a building nearly always invites mold, and unfortunately there are dangerous molds out there that can cause you and those around you considerable health problems. Stachybotrys chartarum is the most common and well-known, often called black mold or toxic mold. Many people are allergic to the spores that the mold releases, causing reactions such as itchy and watery eyes, coughs, sneezes, and headaches. It can be dangerous to those who already have breathing problems, and some studies show that it can actually cause asthma in children. It can affect the brain as well, causing depression, confusion, and memory loss. You want that mold out of your house, and a mold inspection is the first step.

What Is Black Mold?

Black mold is a mold much like any other, but it’s one of the last ones that you want in your home. Once something with cellulose becomes waterlogged, a dormant spore will start to grow and multiply. Black mold thrives in a wet environment and likes a dark, cool place to grow. If you’re searching for it, the earthy, rotting smell can lead you to it. It tends to be greenish-black, and depending on the environment can be dry and sooty or moist and glistening. All too often mold is hiding behind walls, and that requires a professional mold test to verify it.

You might not think you have a lot to worry about; how much cellulose do you really keep around, anyway? Well, it turns out that a lot of building materials contain cellulose. The wood frame of a house is one of the most susceptible, as is the drywall that’s found in most structures. Add carpet and furniture to the mix and there are literally tons of material that toxic mold can feed on.

Contact Culley Enviro For Dallas Mold Testing and Removal!

If you’ve recently suffered any sort of flooding or prolonged water exposure in your home or business, mold removal could be in your future. Culley Enviro has the professional mold inspection team ready to get you home back to a normal, healthy state. Call us today!