The Health Dangers of Mold

In the wild, mold and fungus breaks down rotting organic material and deposits nutrients into the surrounding soil, but it can bring its share of major health issues when it starts spreading in your home. Fortunately, most kinds of mold is generally harmless, however a little spot can grow to bigger proportions. When mold reproduces, it frees particles into the air which can cause problems if inhaled by those with sensitivities or respiratory issues. A few studies have also found a correlation 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 folks, but can affect more sensitive groups. Mold sensitivities are common for a lot of the population and strike on different occasions based on the amount of mold. If you are allergic to mold, you’ll probably sneeze, have a runny nose, cough, red eyes, wheeze, skin irritations or a headache when you’re near mold. More serious allergies may result in harsh reactions like difficulty breathing. Those with asthma need to be particularly careful near large populations of mold as it can cause asthma attacks. Additional sensitive groups at risk include:

  • Infants and kids
  • The elderly
  • Immune compromised individuals
  • Those with chronic pulmonary disease

Where is Mold Found?

Mold and mildew does build up over time in moist places. Your home can get a mold infestation through open doors, windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold doesn’t only enter a home through windows and doors. It can attach onto your clothes, knapsacks, pets and shoes and be brought indoors.

The growth of mold will have a huge affect on the health of your family, your possessions and the building itself. Mold typically grows in wet places, but it can be found in unexpected places. These include:

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

Mold Prevention

There are certain precautions you can take to make sure that mold doesn’t make its way into your home. Here’s some easy steps you can take:

  • Set up ventilation in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchen
  • Manage the humidity levels in your home
  • In the case of a flood, carefully clean and dry your home
  • Immediately patch up leaky roofs, windows and pipes
  • Talk to professional mold damage repair contractors for affordable mold removal

Call Paul Davis Immediately for Mold Services

If you have mold present in your home that’s too much to tackle by yourself, contact the mold remediation professionals at Paul Davis. Call Paul! (949) 455-1710 for affordable mold removal.

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