Is Living in a House with Mold Dangerous?
While mold plays an important role in nature, it can be a nuisance if it enters your home. Luckily, most types of mold is generally innocent, however a tiny splotch can spread throughout your home. When mold reproduces, it releases spores into the air which can cause sickness when inhaled by those with mold allergies or respiratory issues. 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 a majority of people, garden variety mold, mildew or fungi is harmless and goes undetected. That said, it can impact other people who are sensitive and who have lung problems. Usually, the amount of mold and sensitivity of a person’s allergies will effect their response. If you have a mold allergy, you’ll likely sneeze, have a runny nose, cough, red eyes, wheeze, a skin rash or a headache when you’re around mold. More serious allergies may result in harsh reactions like difficulty breathing. Mold and mildew can be particularly triggering for asthma attacks too. Additional groups at risk include:
- Babies and toddlers
- The elderly
- Immune compromised individuals
- People with severe pulmonary disease
Mold in the House
Commonly found in damp areas, mold and mildew does build up over time. A home can get a mold infestation through doors left open, open windows, vents and air conditioning and heating systems. Mold doesn’t only invade your home through open doors and windows– it can also attach onto your clothes, bags, pets and shoes and be moved indoors.
Mold growth can affect your family’s health, as well as your possessions and the building itself. Mold growth typically occurs in moist places, but it can be found in places you might not expect. These include:
- Paper products
- Ceiling tiles
- Wood products
When it comes to stopping mold from getting into your home, there are certain preventative steps you can take. We suggest doing the following:
- Build in ventilation for showers, laundry rooms and kitchen
- Manage the humidity levels in your home
- In the case of a flood, carefully clean and dry your home
- Promptly repair leaky roofs, windows and pipes
- Call Paul Davis mold damage restoration specialists for affordable mold removal
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Are you concerned that there might be a mold infestation in your home that’s too much for you to handle by yourself? Call the mold remediation professionals at Paul Davis. Call Paul! (724) 758-6540 for affordable mold removal.