The Health Dangers of Mold

In the wild, mold, mildew and fungus deteriorates rotting plant and animal matter and deposits nutrients into the surrounding soil, but it can cause serious health problems if it grows in your home. Fortunately, most kinds of mold is typically easy to ignore, but a small spot may later turn into a big issue. When mold procreates, it frees particles into the air which can cause problems when breathed in by those with mold allergies or asthma. According to a few studies, there is a correlation between an early exposure to mold and the development of asthma in some younger children.

For many people, garden variety mold, mildew or fungi is nontoxic and goes unnoticed. That said, it can impact other folks who are allergy prone or who have asthma. Typically, the concentration of mold and degree of a person’s allergies has the most effect on their response. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, red eyes, wheezing, headaches and typical flu-like reactions are most often associated with mold allergies, making it difficult to target the problem correctly. The most serious reactions include difficulty breathing. Mold can be particularly triggering for asthma attacks too. Additional groups at risk include:

  • Infants and kids
  • Those 65 and up
  • Those with a weak immune system
  • Those with severe lung disease

Where Can you Find Mold?

Often found in moist areas, mold and mildew will grow bigger over time. Mold enters your house through any opening, such as doors left open, open windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold doesn’t only invade a house through open doors and windows. It can also attach onto your clothes, bags, animals and shoes and be moved indoors.

Mold growth will affect your family’s physical well-being, as well as your possessions and the building itself. Mold growth usually occurs in wet places, but it can be found in unexpected places. These include:

  • Paper products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Cardboard
  • Wood products
  • Paints
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Upholstery

Mold Prevention

When it comes to stopping mold from getting into your home, there are preventative steps you can take. We suggest you do the following:

  • Install ventilation in showers, laundry rooms and kitchen
  • Monitor the humidity levels
  • If there’s a flood, carefully clean and dry your house
  • Immediately mend leaky roofs, windows or pipes
  • Talk to your local mold damage repair contractors for affordable mold removal

Call Paul Davis Immediately for 24/7 Emergency Mold Removal Services

If you have mold present in your house that’s too much to take care of by yourself, call the mold removal experts at Paul Davis. Call Paul! (724) 758-6540 for affordable mold removal.