Many people are grossed out by the mere thought of household mold and understandably so; having a mold problem is definitely not something that warrants bragging. However, mold grows in more homes and businesses than you may think. Mold develops easily, especially with certain conditions. You must quickly work to control it, because mold can reduce the value of a home and contribute to health problems, especially for the very young and the elderly.
Inspecting for Mold in Your Home
Mold can grow in any room of any home, even if you live in a hot, dry area. Moreover, if you live somewhere that’s humid you might be more likely to face this problem. It’s a good idea to regularly check your home over, but it’s often the safest, best decision to have a professional inspector come in and take a look.
Circumstances Increasing the Chance of Mold
Some circumstances increase the likelihood of mold growth. For example, if a building has a leak somewhere inside it, it becomes more susceptible to mold. If you have an open roof from a construction project, mold might be more likely to grow. Warped wood flooring, chipping or crackling paint on the walls, many plants, blocked gutters, poor ventilation and having washer or dryers not rooted properly are all factors that can contribute to mold growth. Not only is mold an eye sore that stinks but it’s also a health hazard.
Toxic Mold Symptoms
- Allergy issues: Some assume the weather is to blame for all allergies, but in many cases mold is irritating your allergies. If you’re experiencing a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing and sneezing, you might very well be experiencing symptoms of mold exposure. The symptoms of asthma and sinusitis might worsen too because of mold.
- Irritability: Mold can cause other more serious ailments. If you’re getting headaches on a regular basis, it may be time to have your home tested for mold. A shorter attention span and dizzy spells can also be symptoms of exposure.
- Invasive Ailments: Invasive ailments are rare but not unheard of. They usually affect people who have an already-existing immunity disease – people who can develop an infection through exposure to mold. The people who already take some form of immunity suppressive medication tend to be more susceptible to mold-related illness and can develop Cladosporium, Mucor, Rhizopus or Aspergillus.
Remember it’ not mold until it’s tested, but if you suspect there’s mold, contact a professional, reputable service to have it identified and removed quickly. Don’t live with mold in your house for another day!