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Mold and Health

Mold infestations within homes are a big concern and pose many potentially hazardous health issues. There are many mold and health related problems that could avoided by taking proactive measures and ensure that you and your loved ones are kept out of harm’s way at all times.

Some mold and health related issues that should be your primary concern include:

  • Nasal congestions and runny noses
  • Respiratory problems such as difficulty in breathing, wheezing and tightening of the chest
  • Coughing and throat irritations
  • Fits of sneezing or sneezing regularly

It is important to know that the most common mold and health related concern comes in the form of mildew. These often thrive and grow to preposterous proportions in humid and moist conditions regardless whether indoors or outdoors.

Allergic reactions such as redness of the eye, itching and watery eyes are just few of the symptoms that can help you realize that there is a persistent problem inside your home that needs to be dealt with immediately.

Here are some of the remedies that can help you in minimizing mold and health related issues inside your home.

Understanding the Different Types of Mold

The most common types of household mold that are found indoors include:

  • Penicillium
  • Cladosporium
  • Black mold
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Most molds grow on household surfaces that have high cellulose content, such as lint, dust, paper, gypsum, fiberboard, and wood. There are types of mold that can grow on various substances including different as foods and even your carpet.

Mold spore are extremely hard to detect by naked eye, and they are also able to survive under harsh conditions where most of the molds can’t grow, such as dry surrounding environments. These tiny spores can travel form the outdoor into the indoors of our homes, where they can find an abundant supply of moisture and start growing into molds.

Areas with high Mold Exposures

We know for sure that every living organism, no matter how small, requires a suitable habitat before it can grow and multiply. Here are some of the most susceptible places where you can find lots mold population growing and thriving:

  • Antique Shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction Areas
  • Flower Shops
  • And Summer Cottages

Reducing or decreasing exposures to mold

For those who seek remedial procedures in tackling mold and health related problems, here are some possible and easy steps to follow:

  • When dealing with areas inflicted with growth of mold, one can use commercial products for cleaning and removal from hard surfaces. They can be anything from water and soap, or solutions of bleach with no more than 1 cup of cleaning agent mixed with a gallon of water.
  • When using bleach to clean molds never mix ammonia or other household cleaners as it can give off tremendous and toxic fumes into the air.
  • You can also reduce the humidity levels of your home so as to make sure that the molds don’t get moisture from the air to grow. This can be done by the help of a dehumidifier or an air conditioning unit, thus effectively keeping humidity levels no higher than 50% throughout the day.
  • Since the levels of humidity changes over time, you should check them more than once a day to make sure your house isn’t offering moisturized air for molds to grow.
  • Be sure to install exhaust fans as they provide adequate ventilation for your home.
  • Before applying paints, you can also add mold inhibitors to stop molds from growing.
  • There are many products that kill molds and you can use them to clean your bathrooms.
  • Remove carpets from your bathrooms and basement as they absorb moisture and help mold to grow.
  • Removing or replacing previously soaked furniture and carpets also aid in removing mold from your house.

The Bottom Line

Mold can be best described as many types of unwanted fungi that can grow in both the outdoors and indoors. Since the fungi require moisture to grow, places with less moisture levels or humidity are less likely to have mold. Mold growing inside homes can be extremely dangerous to inhabitants as they can cause structural damages to the material they come in contact with as they grow and expand at a fast rate. This can severely cause structural integrity of the homes to become impaired. Apart from this, mold can also be associated with health hazards, affecting humans with allergies and infections.

Mold and health is a contemporary issue for most people who like to spend their leisure time in damp indoor environments. There have been many cases in which people involved in such activities have reported and complained having respiratory problems, , headaches, and other physical symptoms. Additionally many places that are damp and contain moisture are able to harbor mold can also further create by products such as chemicals, gases, bacteria and dust mites. These breeding grounds for allergens are mostly due to molds growing in the area. However concrete evidences supporting these claims are yet to be tested since the cause-and-effect of all these elements leads to even a broader discussion and the entire process becomes elusive in nature.

It is strongly advised that necessary precautions should be taken to reduce the amount of mold growths inside business places, homes, and schools. Since all of these areas observe a high foot traffic on a daily basis, the risk to their safety of health to the people should be eliminated to improve both quality of life and structural integrity.

It is best that small amount of cleaning up can be done without any help of specialized professionals. However, homeowners who have come across a widespread infestation must seek professional help at all cost.

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