Can Mildew and Mold Pose Health Risks?

mold issueMold is every place. Outside, mold serves a critical part in breaking down decaying matter. Plus, because it is everywhere, it is even in our houses — at least in small amounts.

Trace amounts of mold pose no severe risk to the majority of us; however, if more significant mold growth happens in your house, the risk of an adverse health impact starts rising. In addition, if anyone inside your house is particularly prone to respiratory issues, it may be cause for concern.

Recognize Mold’s Symptoms

A lot of the symptoms of exposure are common — wheezing, coughing, headaches, nasal congestion, and irritation of the skin, eyes, and throat. Due to most of these symptoms being caused by seasonal allergies or the common cold, you aren’t likely to have the ability to track them back to exposure based upon the symptoms alone.

But if you think a symptomatic individual is spending a lot of time in a space that has a mold issue, the two might be connected. Additionally, the most reliable method of determining if there is growth inside a room includes following your nose.

Mold has an earthy, musty odor which may permeate walls, and increase the odds that you will smell it even before seeing it. If you aren’t sure, it’s always possible to buy a mold test kit to gain a better idea of how bad the issue might be.

Prevent and Clean

If you have a mold issue in your home, you ought to take action without delaying. Mold that is accessible and easy to see can be cleaned using a diluted bleach solution — but be certain to put on a dust mask and protective gloves. If you can smell mold yet cannot see it, it might be growing inside your ductwork or walls. Contact a professional for a full inspection and assessment.

Growth of mold is possible inside your HVAC system, particularly if the system is overdue for maintenance or is malfunctioning. Any issue resulting in moisture forming where it should not be is a possible mold growth source. If you’ve never sanitized your home or business central air system ducts as a part of routine HVAC maintenance, now is the ideal time to have it done, and our team at All In One Services can help.