Why Is Mold Dangerous?
If you have, or think you might have, mold in your home; you need to take the problem seriously. You will normally find three types of fungus in your home. The first type is Aspergillus and is found on food and in some cases, in the air conditioning system. The second type is Cladosporium and can be spotted around the toilet or painted surfaces. Last, but certainly not least, is Stachybotrys atra, which can be found all over the home and is more commonly known as Black Mold. Untreated areas in your home will manifest and grow out of control and can cause serious health concerns.
Exploring the health issues – Health problems associated with mold can range from light symptoms to death. Although death is very rare, it could occur depending on the existing health of the individual. If you or someone in your home suffers from respiratory disease, they are much more likely to be adversely effected. Some types of mildew can cause inflammatory or toxic reactions and can lead to pneumonia.
If you suffer from allergies you could experience a variety of symptoms. You might sneeze a lot or experience a dry, scratchy cough. Your eyes may become watery and sore. On one hand, you may become congested or battle with a runny nose. More serious symptoms might include headaches, chronic fatigue or rashes on the skin. Spores can travel through the air from any untreated area in the home. If you are not very careful, it can also be transferred during the cleaning process. Sometimes the only way to eliminate these concerns is through a professional mold remediation process.
Detecting and Reacting
In some cases you can see mold spots on your bathroom walls, around the toilet, under the sinks or anywhere that is damp with moisture. The problem is forged by moisture and humidity. The ideal temperature to grow is between 55 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The real problem is that it can grow where it cannot be seen. It can grow behind paneling, baseboards, wallpaper and drywall. It seeks an organic food source that includes fabric, wood, and paper.
If you notice a small area you could attempt to clean it yourself, but chances are it will only return later. To be safe you should contact a professional to inspect the home and provide mold remediation service if required. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) suggests that you seek out a specialist if you have or believe you have a problem of 10 square feet or more. Black mold is nothing to play with. Do not endanger you or your family. Call an expert to eliminate any dangers in your home.