The Health Dangers of Mold

In caves, forests and other environments, mold deteriorates decaying material and enriches the surrounding soil, but it can cause major health issues if you allow it to live in your home. Fortunately, most types of mold are generally harmless, however sometimes a small spot may later turn into a large issue. Mold reproduces using spores that are freed into the air and causes sickness when breathed in by those with mold allergies or asthma. A few studies have also discovered a correlation between an early exposure to mold and the development of asthma in some younger children.

For a majority of people, household mildew or mold isn’t dangerous or even obvious. That said, it can impact other people who are allergy prone or who have lung issues. Typically, the amount of mold and severity of someone’s allergies will effect their response. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, red eyes, wheezing, headaches and similar flu-like symptoms are normally experienced with mold and mildew allergies, making it difficult to target the problem accurately. The most serious reactions include shortness of breath. Those with asthma must be especially careful near large populations of mold as it can cause asthma attacks. Other groups at risk include:

  • Babies and kids
  • Seniors
  • Those with a weak immune system
  • Anyone with serious pulmonary disease

Mold in the Home

Often found in damp places, mold and mildew can build up over time. Mold enters your house through any opening, such as doors left ajar, windows, vents and air conditioning and heating systems. Mold doesn’t only enter a house through doors and windows. It can attach onto your clothes, purses, pets and shoes and be moved your house.

The continual growth of mold will affect the health of your family, your possessions and the structure itself. Mold can grow 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

You can take preventative steps to ensure that mold won’t grow in your house. Here’s some easy steps you can take:

  • Build in ventilation for showers, laundry rooms and kitchen
  • Manage the humidity levels in your house
  • If it floods, carefully clean and dry your house
  • Immediately mend leaky roofs, windows or pipes
  • Contact professional mold damage restoration specialists for affordable mold remediation

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If you have mold present in your house that’s too much to handle alone, contact the mold remediation professionals at Paul Davis. Call Paul! (724) 758-6540 for affordable mold remediation.