The Health Dangers of Mold

In caves, forests and other environments, mold deteriorates dead material and enriches the surrounding soil, but it can cause serious health problems if you let it to thrive in your home. Thankfully, most types of mold is generally easy to ignore, but a small splotch may later turn into a huge problem. When mold procreates, it frees particles into the air which can cause illness if 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.

Household mold or mildew is not a problem for a majority of people, but can be harmful for more sensitive groups. Overall, the density of the mold and sensitivity of a person’s allergies will effect their response. If you have a mold allergy, you’ll probably sneeze, have a runny nose, cough, red eyes, wheeze, skin irritations or a headache when you’re around mold. The most serious reactions include difficulty breathing. Those with asthma need to be especially cautious around high concentrations of mold because it may trigger asthma attacks. Additional groups at risk include:

  • Babies and children
  • Those 65 and up
  • Those with a weak immune system
  • Those with severe lung disease

Where Can you Find Mold?

Mold and mildew does build up over time in moist places. A home can get a mold infestation through doors left open, windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold doesn’t only enter a home through windows and doors– it can also attach onto your clothes, backpacks, animals and shoes and be brought your home.

Mold growth can affect your family’s physical well-being, as well as your possessions and the structure itself. Mold growth usually occurs in wet places, but it can be found in places you may not think to look. These include:

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

How Can I Stop Mold in your Home?

There are preventative steps you can take to in order to stop mold from growing in your home. Here’s some steps you can take:

  • Build in ventilation in showers, laundry rooms and kitchen
  • Manage the humidity levels
  • If there’s a flood, carefully clean and dry your home
  • Patch up leaky roofs, windows and pipes right away
  • Contact professional mold damage repair specialists for affordable mold removal

Call Us Immediately for 24/7 Emergency Mold Services

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