Mold occurs is areas of a home with poor ventilation and high moisture. This may be caused by a leaking foundation, flooding, or other source for frequent water damage. Mold in the home is easy to identify – either by its musty basement odor or by the noticeable patches of brown, yellow, or black fuzz. These are physical evidence of mold; the real danger however is in what you cannot see. Mold spores release into the air and can pose serious health hazards to you and other occupants in the home. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, it may be caused by poor air quality in your home caused by mold. Here are health concerns that may suggest the need for mold testing.
It is common for individuals to experience allergy-related symptoms caused by mold. These symptoms include:
- Watery eyes
- Shortness of breath
People who are especially sensitive to mold will experience allergic reactions that manifest as a rash or hives. This is caused when the immune system over-reacts to the allergen and begins producing large quantities of antibodies. While rashes are not necessarily life-threatening, they are uncomfortable and unsightly; in this case, they may also be an indicator of poor air quality in the home.
People with existing respiratory conditions may be especially susceptible to mold exposure. These include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or recurring acute infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. If you suffer from one of these illnesses and are experiencing one of the below characteristics, it may be the result of mold:
- Increase in frequency of asthma attacks, especially those taking place while in the home
- Intensity of respiratory symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Increased duration of respiratory episodes
Mold can permeate any porous surface, including furniture, carpets, and drywall. Even if surfaces have been scrubbed and disinfected, mold may still be growing and spreading inside walls and under flooring. If you are experiencing health concerns and you suspect it may be a result of mold exposure, contact us. We can assist in testing the air quality in your home and identifying sources of mold.