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Health Hazards of Mold

In nature, molds are an important part of the natural environment. They are crucial for breaking down dead organic matter. They are microscopic fungi that reproduce by tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye. They float through the air and come to rest on surfaces where they begin to grow. Mold just needs moisture and some form of carbohydrate to feed on. The carbohydrate can be some thing as simple as dust. Mold can grow very quickly under the right conditions. Many times mold spores are present in an environment they are just waiting for moisture such as the humidity level rising in order to spread. This is true both in nature and indoors. Examples of common conditions that trigger mold growth are:

 

  • Water intrusion through a basement or crawlspacemold-Medium1
  • Plumbing, appliance or fixture leaks
  • Poorly vented attics
  • Bathroom or dryer vents that are vented directly into attics or walls
  • Flooding of any kind
  • Dirt floored crawlspaces
  • Condensation of any kind
  • High humidity

 

 

Mold can be found in many places within a home based upon the above conditions:

  • Showers/Shower curtains
  • Under sinks
  • Around plumbing fixtures
  • Carpets
  • Furniture
  • Drywall
  • duct work
  • Around windows

Mold in your home can cause or worsen symptoms of existing health conditions due to the production of irritating substances. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory symptoms.Immune compromised people and people with chronic lung illness may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. For people sensitive to molds, inhaling mold spores can trigger an asthma attack. Allergic reactions are the most common effects of mold. Symptoms mat appear immediately or develop over a period of time after exposure to mold.

  • Throat irritation                                                                               allergy_mold
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation or rash

 

 

 

If you suspect you have a mold concern in your home it needs to be addressed as soon as possible by a certified mold remediation professional such as Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc.PRS logo

 

 

 

 

http://www.epa.gov/asthma/molds.html

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm

http://www.jpmoldcontrol.com/faq/why-do-i-have-mold.shtml

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