Health Risks Caused by Mold
A mold is a type of fungus. Molds grow virtually everywhere on the planet, thriving in damp, dark environments. Molds reproduce via spores that can travel through the air, so it’s nearly impossible to prevent mold from entering homes and other buildings.
However, preventing mold growth is possible. Mold can only grow and flourish in damp or wet areas. Keeping indoor humidity levels under control by properly ventilating bathrooms and cooking areas, and fixing water problems like leaky pipes, foundation issues, or leaks in the roof can help prevent mold growth.
If you have mold as a result of a flood or extensive water damage it is highly advisable to hire professional water damage and mold remediation experts, like the pros at Water Damage Specialists & Rooter. We ensure that the mold is properly removed and that the water source or ventilation issue causing the problem is identified and fixed to prevent the mold problem from coming back.
Mold can cause health problems ranging from mild to life-threatening. Mold should never be ignored, even in areas that aren’t used much, like basements, attics, or crawl spaces.
Types of Common Household Mold
Most people are familiar with black mold, but this is not the only type—molds can be green, black, orange, white, or another color.
If you’re seeing signs of mold, such as yellow mold in your crawl space or dark spots around the intake to your heating/air conditioning system, it’s important to address it right away. Patchy spots forming on walls, ceilings, floors, or other surfaces, are most likely mold.
It’s also important to learn about the risks of mold in your home, black mold health effects, and how much mold exposure is harmful, since certain types of mold are indeed toxic. Generally, there are three classifications of harmful molds:
- Toxigenic: Molds that can produce dangerous and even fatal health problems (commonly called “toxic mold”).
- Allergenic: Molds that can trigger allergic reactions, such as asthma attacks, or produce allergies that didn’t exist prior to the mold exposure.
- Pathogenic: Molds that cause health problems in someone who is suffering from an illness, such as an autoimmune disorder.
Molds that don’t bother one person can cause health problems in another. This is why mold should be cleaned up right away and never ignored.
Cleaning up a small area contaminated with mold (no more than 3 feet by 3 feet) yourself is usually fine if you use the right products and take the proper precautions. If the contamination is more extensive—especially if the building has sustained extensive water damage from a flood, sewage problem, or other issue—hiring a professional is your best bet.
Long-Term Effects of Mold Exposure
The potential health dangers posed by mold growth are well known. Short-term symptoms can include cold- or allergy-like symptoms, including sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and watery eyes, as well as headaches, lethargy, fever, and skin irritation (dermatitis).
People who are allergic to mold and those who have asthma and other respiratory problems are at greater risk of developing more serious symptoms, like severe wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. Risks of long-term exposure to mold can be serious. Symptoms can include:
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
- Numbness in hands and feet
- Stomach pains
- Muscle cramps
- Light sensitivity
People with a weakened or compromised immune system or those who have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), cystic fibrosis, and other conditions can have severe health problems as a result of mold exposure.
Don’t Take Chances—Get Expert Help
If you have a known or suspected mold problem, or if you’ve had water damage or flooding and want to make sure a mold problem doesn’t develop, don’t leave it to chance—call on the experts at Water Damage Specialists & Rooter. Our professional mold remediation team expertly identifies and stops the water feeding the mold growth, cleans all affected areas, and tests to ensure mold has been eradicated.
If you’re a homeowner, eliminating mold will help protect your family. If you’re a commercial building owner or manager, eliminating mold will help protect your employees, visitors, or residents—and protect you against liability from mold-related health problems.
Call Water Damage Specialists & Rooter at (747) 229-1422 for immediate assistance with your mold problem.