Why is Mold Dangerous?

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Why is Mold Dangerous?

Mold exists as a class of fungus found in nature, but also is commonly found in homes due to damp conditions.  It’s nasty stuff, and ignoring it can lead to serious health problems. It’s important to understand what mold is, what types of mold exist, and why mold is dangerous to your health.

mold health problems lung diseaseWhat species of mold can you find in your residence?

Penicillium, Cladosporium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus are the classifications of molds, though there are variations within each of these species.

What is Penicillium?

This mold has the highest prevalence in homes, as it can survive on virtually any surface, from fabric to dust.  As the medication Penicillin is derived from it, the mold holds immense potential for allergic responses from those abiding in the same dwelling where it grows.  We stay away from foods cultivating mold due to the toxicity of it.  You would throw a moldy vegetable out to keep it from affecting your body.  By ridding mold from your home, you also prevent your family from breathing it in.

Where are Cladosporium most likely to thrive?

While having a reputation for being the most prevalent of the varieties of mold, it lives largely on fabric surfaces. These colorful splotches advance rapidly. Allergy flare-ups and viruses prevail as the most common symptoms of this mold. If not removed in a prompt, proper fashion, this mold could become more difficult to gain control over.

What effect does Alternaria have on health?

Alternaria and asthma are closely linked. Most people living near this mold tend to develop asthma related symptoms. It thrives in moist spaces like restrooms and flooring, in addition to on expired foods. It grows in dark-colored groups, making it look similar to black mold.

Are there any molds that can grow on any surface?

Aspergillus is not limited to specific areas, thus grows in any location. This mold possesses the ability to yield mycotoxins, deadly fungi that can put those around them in eminent danger. Another severe health issue that can arise from Aspergillus is a form of lung disease, called Aspergilloses, which can have either an asymptomatic or symptomatic presentation. Since it has various hues, it can be difficult to recognize.

Is there anything you should do to prevent mold?

Due to health concerns, it is vital that you work to contain mold, preventing it from growing in your home. Precautions you can take involve controlling humidity levels, ensuring they stay below 50%. The use of a dehumidifier is helpful with prevention and treatment. Using exhaust fans for areas of higher humidity can also be beneficial. The utilization of mold-killing concoctions in restrooms is an additional method for preventing mold.

Is there anything you should NOT?

Yes! Refrain from installing carpets in restrooms and clear away any damp carpets.

Suspect You Have Mold in Your Home?

Since allergies to mold are widespread, our goal is to hinder it from flourishing in your home. If handled improperly, mold can cause a more extensive problem. Utilization of a professional mold removal company is highly recommended due to the large extent of surfaces that mold can cover, the experience obtained by a specialized team, and for ensuring its decimation for the health of your family.

While E.R. Services does not provide restoration services for this problem, we can give homeowners references to companies that do. Otherwise, give us a call to do everything possible so that it never comes to such an intensive solution. We’re happy to help!

Article Summary

Quick question & answer: How can I prevent mold in my home? 

You can control humidity levels by using a dehumidifier or exhaust fan or use a mold-killing concoction to prevent harmful mold health conditions like asthma or even Aspergilloses. Do not put down carpet in your bathroom and get rid of any damp carpeting. Mold thrives in a damp environment.

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