Do you suspect mold presence at home? Beware of the dangers associated with it.
Oftentimes, homes look so neat and clean, but when you explore the basement, you find surfaces covered in layers of mold. While you’ll commonly notice and quickly address mold development on walls, ceilings, carpets, fabrics, and floors exposed to moisture, mold presence in the ductwork components of air-conditioning and heating systems often go unnoticed. If you can’t see how that is a problem, you need to know what mold is.
Mold is a sneaky agent that thrives in dark, moist spaces deprived of proper ventilation. While it’s present all around us and isn’t always harmful, breathing in certain types of mold can be outright dangerous for you and your family. Even if it’s limited to your basement, it can easily pollute the indoor air quality of the rest of your home.
Depending on the complexity of the spread and whether or not you take action against mold, your house might literally be killing you. Let’s take a look at the dangers of living with mold.
Dangers of Living With Mold
A range of health problems has been linked to mold presence at homes. These include coughing, sneezing, eye irritation, allergic reactions, permanent lung damage, and asthma attacks.
Black mold, in particular, is the most dangerous type of mold that can cause diarrhea, severe headaches, respiratory damage, memory loss, and flu-like symptoms. Children are most vulnerable to health issues associated with black mold because their lungs are in a developing phase. Keep in mind black mold doesn’t have to be black in color. They can be dark green or grey and have a very musty odor.
Another mold type that’s similar to black mold is called chromium. Exposure to this mold can result in allergic conditions such as trouble breathing and red or watery eyes. Even the airborne spores of this mold can cause certain autoimmune diseases and even neurological damage.
Aspergillus is another type of mold that’s more common than those discussed above. While this mold is harmless to most people, those with compromised immune systems can face lung infections, allergic reactions and an infection called aspergillosis upon exposure.
Next is penicillium, which is also present in the air we breathe every day. If trapped in a home, it may cause health issues like bronchitis, asthmatic symptoms, and other respiratory issues.
Moving ahead, Fusarium is a type of mold that’s more common in soil and plant debris. Yet, it can develop in the very damp areas of your home such as inside the foam insulation or drywall, below the carpet, and in HVAC systems and humidifier pans.
What You Can Do
Since exposure to toxic mold can be a serious health hazard for everyone at home, seek professional mold remediation services as soon as you suspect mold presence. Start by getting your home professionally inspected for mold. STOP Restoration of Mesa is your local mold damage restoration expert and can remove mold from your home through effective cleaning and disinfecting measures.#stopmesa #mold #moldremoveal