Many homeowners know that having mold in their homes is bad, yet they are unaware of exactly how bad it is for their health. Mold can spread and grow anywhere in a home or business as long as there is oxygen and moisture present. Mold releases spores that can enter your home through windows, vents, and doorways. It can also be brought into a home by attaching to clothing or a pet. Mold is most commonly found in basements that have been flooded, underneath or behind refrigerators, and underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. In fact, it may be possible that your home has hundreds or even thousands of spores within one cubic foot of air inside your home.
Mold spores that grow in a damp or moist area will begin to grow quickly and produce allergens, irritants, and potentially toxic substances. Living in an environment that is infested with mold can bring new, or worsen current, health effects. Even if you are healthy, when there are high levels of mold in your home it can bring a variety of different symptoms. Check out some of the most common effects mold can have on your health.
- Throat irritation
- Eye irritation
- Nasal stuffiness
- Coughing or wheezing
- Asthma triggers
- Trouble breathing
Mold can be very harmful to you and your family’s health, but it can also cause costly damages to your home. As mentioned earlier, mold will spread wherever there is moisture and oxygen in a home. Mold will often grow around leaks in your roof, windows, pipes, and in basements where there has been flooding. Moisture is often added to the air in homes from the use of showers and even cooking, increasing the chance of mold spreading.
Mold thrives where it grows, and often times it will destroy the source that it is growing on. Usually, when mold is growing in your home, to get rid of the infestation you most likely need to tear out wood, drywall, or other materials that is has affected.
Controlling Mold Growth
Mold spores are microscopic and cannot be stopped from entering your home. However, you can prevent the growth of mold by controlling and monitoring the moisture levels in your home. Take a look the following simple measures that can help prevent mold from growing in your home:
- Repair any leaks or seepage as soon as they are noticed
- Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow
- Keep the humidity levels inside below 60 percent. Keeping humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent will help prevent the spreading of mold.
- Let fresh air in the house when humidity levels aren’t too high outside
- Stop water from building up throughout the house and ventilate damp rooms
Having a mold infestation can not only be hazardous to your health, but also to your house’s health and safety. If you think you may have a mold problem in the Manorville and Long Island areas, contact Island Environmental for mold remediation services and testing. With over 25 years of experience in mold remediation and air quality testing you can rest assured that we will make sure your home is a healthy living environment for you and your family. For a free estimate contact Island Environmental today!