A safe and clean environment inside our homes goes beyond the regular mopping, dusting, and storing of items in their appropriate spots. It also entails careful monitoring of possible leaks that can damage your walls, ceilings, and floors with mold. Mold needs thorough inspection and prevention, as it can cause an array of health issues.
In today’s post, we will define mold and its signs and explore the common health hazards it poses. Finally, we also discuss tips for repairing and preventing this problem in your home.
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in damp areas in multicellular form. The development of mold is caused by excessive condensation and plumbing leaks. Over time, mold grows and reproduces, releasing spores that float through the air and settle on other parts inside the home. The biological composition of mold can increase a person’s sensitivities, causing increased allergies and other respiratory challenges.
You can watch out for several signs if you’re concerned about mold in your home. These signs manifest both in the house and, in some cases, in your health as well.
One of the first indicators of mold is a bad, rotten smell from the walls and floors. If you’re doing all you can to mask the smell and nothing is working, mold is probably the culprit. That musty smell is distinct and will indicate a pressing problem of mold inside your home.
Mold grows fairly quickly and spreads to other parts of your home if it isn’t addressed in a timely manner. If you see black spots on your walls, tables, ceilings, or floors, that is a sure tell-tale sign of mold. Also, if you notice puffy, slimy blotches of fibers on your clothing, you may have a very extensive mold problem in your home. Immediate action must be taken to address the situation.
Carpets are a breeding ground for mold. If you have unusual dark spots on your carpets and rugs or questionable odors, you may have a mold issue. Be sure to check both sides of the carpet to ensure you aren’t missing any concerning spots.
We will further explore the implications of mold on your health in this article, but if you notice an increase in headaches, allergies, and asthma, there's a chance that you're dealing with a mold problem. Be sure to inspect your environment for any signs and call a professional to help you.
Mold causes various health conditions. If you experience any of the following health conditions without any other underlying problems, your home may need to be inspected for mold.
Are you getting an increased number of episodes of a runny nose, congestion, or difficulty breathing? One can have seasonal allergies, but if you notice that they are consistent, your environment may have changed. As we stated before, mold heightens your body’s sensitivities; it weakens the immune system and causes it to react to allergens. Additionally, it can get into your lungs, causing respiratory problems such as asthma.
Mold has a biological component that is toxic to a person’s cognitive function. It can cause frequent headaches and even brain fog.
If you or someone in your home is constantly coughing or sick with a cold, your home may be infected with mold. Exposure to mold for extended periods eventually increases those symptoms and worsens your respiratory problems. Contact your doctor for a thorough examination and watch out for common signs of mold. If you have a history of respiratory issues, they will also get worse with mold.
Some of the most toxic forms of mold, like Stachybotrys and Aspergillus, are especially harmful because they produce mycotoxins. If they get into the lungs, they may cause serious health complications like bleeding in the lungs. For this reason alone, we encourage you to contact a mold inspector as soon as you see or suspect mold in your home.
Now that we understand the risks that mold brings, how can we ensure that it doesn’t harm our homes and health? This can be done simply through leak detection and repair services.
Leak detection is a service provided by highly trained professionals like NexGen. We are trained and certified to inspect your home for possible leaks. As mold is caused by excess moisture and water damage, early detection can help prevent the development of mold and its spread.
Once we detect a leak in your home, we will be able to provide the necessary repairs to stop that leak. This will be an essential measure to prevent water damage and mold. It will also save you money in the long run because repairing extensive water damage and mold removal can be very costly.
Mold is a great nuisance inside the home and can cause many challenges for the house's structure and its inhabitants' health. It is important to be vigilant and watch out for the signs of its development and spread. If you’re concerned that you may have mold or a leak in your home, contact us today for a professional inspection. It will give you peace of mind and save you time, money, and health in the long run.