How to know if you’ve been exposed to mold
Are you just now noticing that you may be living in a home with a mold infestation?
Did you know just living around mold can cause some severe health risks?
It might surprise you, but it is estimated that exposure to indoor mold spores, including toxic black mold, is more common than being exposed to outdoor air pollution.
That means that the air in your home could have worse air quality than you think. Many people are unaware that a toxic home could be what is contributing to their symptoms.
It is estimated that about a quarter of all buildings in the United States have some sort of water damage, which usually means mold damage as well.
Molds have the ability to produce many different symptoms, such as skin rashes, respiratory problems, immune suppression, and more.
How much mold is too much?
Currently there is no federal guideline on mold exposure, but as a general rule of thumb you should not see mold in your house.
Once mold grabs hold of materials like wood or drywall it will quickly grow and spread, causing the air quality in your home to elevate beyond what is safe.
Where it starts to get tricky is when mold grows out of site, which is very common.
Mold can grow inside walls, behind cabinets, under tile, etc., making it hard to know that it’s even there. Until you start having symptoms, that is.
Symptoms related to mold exposure
The most common symptoms related to any type of mold exposure often include allergy like symptoms.
These present as sneezing, coughing, eye irritation, nasal congestion, runny nose, skin rashes, and difficulty breathing.
High concentrations of mold spores can also cause more serious health problems.
These include constant fatigue, headaches, memory issues, difficulty concentrating, morning stiffness, and more.
If you have been noticing any of these symptoms along with musty odors, discolored air vents or ceilings, or have noticed any sort of water damage, you may be experiencing exposure to mold.
How to deal with mold in home
Mold remediation needs to be thorough or else mold can come back again and again.
If you see mold, it really doesn’t matter what type it is, it just needs to be removed.
It’s important to exercise safety in the presence of mold.
The first step is to identify the extent of the mold damage. You even want to make sure you’re checking the carpet.
Every bit of mold needs to be found and contained, even if it is hidden in difficult or unexpected areas.
Once all the moisture has been removed and the mold and roots have been killed, the next critical step is cleaning the air from mold spores.
Most professional mold remediation companies use special HEPA Vacuums to scrub the air and trap any airborne spores.
If you think you may have mold in house, call the professionals today to schedule a free visual mold inspection.
Mold damage is not something you can put off.