The Health Dangers of Mold

While mold is important in the ecosystem, it can be a reason for concern if it enters your home. Thankfully, most types of mold is generally harmless, however a small patch may later turn into a large problem. Mold reproduces with the use of spores that are freed into the air and causes illness when inhaled by those with mold sensitivities or asthma. A few studies have also found a link between an early exposure to mold and the development of asthma in some younger children.

For most, garden variety mold, mildew or fungi is harmless and goes unnoticed. However, it can have an effect on other folks who are allergy prone or who have asthma. In most cases, the concentration of mold and severity of someone’s allergies will effect their reaction. If you have a mold allergy, you’ll probably sneeze, have a runny nose, cough, red eyes, wheeze, skin irritations or a headache when mold is nearby. More serious allergies can cause harsh reactions such as difficulty breathing. Mold can also trigger asthma attacks too. Other sensitive groups at risk include:

  • Babies and children
  • Seniors
  • Those with a weak immune system
  • People with serious lung disease

Where Can you Find Mold?

Often found in moist areas, mildew and mold can build up over time. Mold enters your home through any opening, such as open doorways, open windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold doesn’t only invade your home through open windows and doors– it can latch onto your clothes, bags, pets and shoes and be brought your home.

If the amount of mold in your home exceeds normal levels, it can have a huge affect on the physical well-being of your family, your possessions and the structure itself. Mold growth typically occurs in moist places, but it can be found in unexpected places. These include:

  • Paper products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Cardboard
  • Wood products
  • Paints
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Upholstery

Mold Prevention

You can take certain precautions to make sure that mold doesn’t make its way into your home. We suggest doing the following:

  • Build in ventilation for bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchen
  • Control the humidity levels in your home
  • In the case of a flood, meticulously clean and dry your home
  • Patch up leaky roofs, windows or pipes as soon as possible
  • Talk to Paul Davis mold damage restoration specialists for affordable mold remediation

Call Paul Davis Today for 24/7 Emergency Mold Services

If you have mold present in your home that’s too much to take care of by yourself, call the mold removal professionals at Paul Davis. Call Paul! (517) 465-3096 for affordable mold remediation.