Mold is the common term given to the countless types of fungi in the world. These growths come in a wide variety of colors – from black to brown, yellow to green – and often smell terrible. Unfortunately, mold is all around us each day. There are countless species of mold that can be found both indoors and outdoors, on your clothing, and trapped in your pet’s fur. The spores travel through the air before finding an ideal surface to settle down on. Here, they consume organic material and release additional mold spores into the air. It’s all a part of nature. However, mold is also harmful to your health.
If you find mold in your home, chances are you have hidden water damage, excessive moisture or humidity, or perhaps poor ventilation. We can provide top-rated mold remediation at a moment’s notice, though. First, let us explore the hazards of mold in your home. That way, you’ll better understand the situation at hand.
Hidden Hazards of Mold
Any exposure to mold can lead to or worsen allergies or flu-like symptoms. Even depression may be caused or affected by mold inhalation. Unfortunately, most mold is completely silent, usually invisible, and quite dangerous.
Generally, mold will grow in an environment with high humidity, moisture, and poor ventilation. In a residential home, this often means the attic, crawlspace, or a bathroom. As the growth spreads, it releases more and more spores into the air. Through the air duct system, these spores then spread to other areas of the home and affect more people.
Not all types of mold are harmful, though. Some are great for the environment. Others, however, such as the dreaded black mold, lead to toxins that affect our body’s central nervous system and immune system. In such cases, symptoms may include nausea, headaches, difficulty breathing, throat and eye irritation, skin rashes, and an increased risk of respiratory disease, certain types of cancer, and even death.
Who is Affected by Mold?
Almost everyone is affected by mold at some point. However, there are those who experience far worse symptoms because of their already-compromised immune systems. For instance, anyone suffering from respiratory illness, immune system disorders, or those with allergies are likely at an increased risk for mold exposure. The same goes for young children, the elderly, and pregnant women.
People with pre-existing conditions may experience fatigue and sinus infections first, then difficulty breathing later on. Others, however, only endure minor irritation, itching, or slight redness of the eyes or skin. It all depends on the person.
If you would rather not risk your health, then contact Restoration 1 of Charleston. We have IICRC-certified mold experts on staff and ready to help.