Beware the Dangers of Mold
When it comes to family, their safety and wellbeing likely rises above all other priorities in your life. You would never leave a jar of arsenic on the dining room table, or use sheets that once wrapped a leper’s body as your family room curtains, but you may be exposing your family to the wrath of household mold—a fungus that claims lives every year. If you smell a musty odor in your home and certain rooms give off a damp feeling, you should call a local mold remediation company that offers a free mold inspection to concerned households. But in the meantime, by understanding what mold is, how it grows and what health risks it poses, you can take the necessary steps to help protect your family.
What is Household Mold?
Household mold, commonly known as black mold, is known by the professionals as Stachybotrys Chartarum and is one of the most toxic molds because it poses a number of health risks to people as it produces deadly toxins called mycotoxins. Mold thrives in moist, poorly insulated areas that get little sunlight. Once mold is present in your home it is invisible to the naked eye. But as it populates it takes on the semblance of black spots that can appear in between your tiles, on walls and on your ceiling. Mold particularly thrives on materials like wood, drywall, fabrics, tile, books, some types of insulation, some carpets and many other organic household materials. Mold is extremely difficult for members of the general public to clean. It takes certified mold inspectors with the training and industrial strength products needed to completely remove mold from the home so it tests 100 percent safe.
What Illnesses can Mold Cause in People?
Mold can cause people to become extremely ill, and in some cases people have died from mold exposure. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the health risks of mold are especially high for children, old people, and those who already have respiratory problems and immune system issues. Mold exposure can cause otherwise healthy people to develop asthma, lung diseases and respiratory problems. Some symptoms of mold exposure include skin irritations, itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea, headaches and nasal stuffiness. Fever is also a common symptom of mold exposure. If family members are experiencing multiple symptoms on a regular basis they should see their regular doctor immediately and then call a local company to come out and perform a free mold inspection.
How Can I Prevent Household Mold?
They key to keeping mold away is to ensure your home is dry, well insulated and that all plumbing and appliances have been inspected and are in good running order. If you have an older home and moisture gets in through the windowpanes you may want to invest in a room dehumidifier. If your bathroom has poor air circulation consider putting in an air vent and wipe down the shower and tiled walls after each use. By following these steps you can help protect your family’s health and maintaining your home’s integrity.