Mold in your home is unsightly, a sign of neglect and decay. It will also damage your household goods such as clothing, books, furniture, and your home's walls and ceiling. Above all, mold can make you and your family sick. Should you be concerned?
If you already have respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies, mold will make the condition worse. The result will be skin and eye irritation, sneezing and coughing. Even if you do not have allergies, mold can still irritate your lungs and skin.
Health risk for People with Low Immunity
People whose immunity is already compromised will tend to suffer more under moldy conditions. People with lung conditions could suffer serious infections.
Danger to Healthy Children and Adults
Studies have also shown that healthy children exposed to mold are likely to suffer upper respiratory illnesses. Children who are susceptible to asthma can benefit from better housing and indoor air quality.
Studies conducted in Finland have linked the development of asthma in adults to mold exposure
Prevention and Correction
Mold grows and thrives in moist conditions. So the first measure towards dealing with mold is to eliminate moisture from the home.
Deal with Leaks
Keep your home free from leaks. Take measures to seal leaks promptly. Deal with floods as soon as they happen.
In case mold has already formed, take measures to remove it. You can handle small infestations on your own but for more extensive attacks, have the mold professionally removed as soon as possible.
Remember that mold could be hidden behind closed spaces such as walls and ceilings. Contact mold remediation services to conduct a thorough inspection of your home and remove hidden mold.
Reduce humidity levels in your home by keeping your home well ventilated. You may also use an extractor fan for this purpose. Also avoid drying clothes indoors as this habit will increase your home's humidity levels.
If you are healthy and free from respiratory problems, mold may not be a serious health concern; at least for now.
However, if you have a pre-existing respiratory issue, you do well to avoid moldy conditions. Also, your children could be in danger of developing respiratory problems if exposed to molds.
You do not want to take chances with your health and that of your family. The surest way to keep safe is to prevent mold formation and to ensure any mold is removed as soon as possible. For more information or assistance, contact companies like DiBiaso's Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.