Household Mold and Your Health – everything you need to know
Everyone has almost certainly had some experience with household mold. It creeps up when you least suspect it, and it can be very hard to get rid of. This growth is annoying at best, and destructive and unhealthy at worst. It’s important to be educated about this pest so you’re ready to combat it, so here’s everything you need to know:
To combat mold, it’s key to understand what causes it. Mold flourishes in dark, damp environments, conditions typical of a crawl space or basement. If your home has any spaces that match this description, look for the easily detectable signs of mold.
These signs include a musty, rotten smell that clings to the air and fabrics. You can also see the mold itself forming on wood, in corners, and on insulation. If you can’t see or smell the mold itself, another sign is moisture or water in your crawl space or basement. If there is water, mold is sure to follow.
If left untreated, mold can have serious effects on your health. While most molds aren’t toxic, some produce components called mycotoxins. These particles affect people with compromised respiratory systems or other health issues with children and the elderly being most susceptible. If you’re exposed to mold over a prolonged period of time, you’re at risk for developing upper respiratory infections, leading to coughs, wheezing, and asthma symptoms. Mold is at its most dangerous with black mold, though. Black mold is toxigenic and can be incredibly harmful to your lungs when the spores are inhaled.
Although mold can be annoying and dangerous, don’t fret. There are ways to treat this stubborn pest. At Moisture Loc, we recommend several different methods according to your needs. Our Mold-x system provides mold remediation according to IICRC S520 standards. A floor joist wipe down can also protect your home by covering all exposed wood with a mold disinfectant. You can also reduce mold by decreasing indoor humidity with a dehumidifier, sealing penetrations in walls, and removing all sources of water that are allowing the mold to grow.
If you suspect that your home has a mold problem, call Moisture Loc today. We will give you a free estimate and determine which method of mold treatments suits your needs.