Most people generally aren’t affected by mold. Every home has mold spores, but it isn’t until those spores find a wet, damp or moist area and begin to grow that people experience a problem. Once mold begins to grow, it grows quickly and rapidly, which is what causes people, and even pets, to be affected by the mold.
The most common reaction to mold is an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction to mold looks like traditional hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes, and red or irritated eyes. They can also trigger asthma-like symptoms. Because the health effects of mold are large and far-reaching, the best way to combat mold is by simply removing it. Choose a trusted water damage company that knows how to remove mold both safely and thoroughly.
Who is at the greatest risk?
Individuals who spend prolonged periods of time, 16 hours or more, at home and those under the age of seven or over the age of 64 are at an increased risk. According to the World Health Organization, those who reside in colder climates are more likely to be exposed to mold growth in their home than those who live in warmer climates.
What can you do to protect yourself?
There are a few things you can do to control the growth of mold, including:
- Control humidity levels
- Promptly fix leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
- Thoroughly clean and dry after a flood
- Ventilate showers and areas where you do laundry or cook
While there are no guidelines in place that dictate a safe level of indoor dampness, do what you can to mitigate indoor mold as a result of excess moisture. It is recommended that you install and use the appropriate ventilation methods in wet areas, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. In addition to controlling the amount of humidity and moisture in your home, it is imperative that you avoid water leaks as much as possible.
If you discover mold in your home, don’t take a chance with your health by thinking that it will magically go away. Instead, invest in mold removal performed by a professional water damage company, like the dedicated Entrusted team. At Entrusted, we know the safest, most effective methods to treat and clean up mold so that your home is a safe and clean place to live. Call us at 561-966-0765 at the first sign of mold!