Mold thrives in damp environments and does not take long to root itself. Molds can be a beneficial part of nature, although when it begins growing indoors it can wreak havoc not only on the building itself, but also on the individuals who are exposed to the airborne spores. The health effects can last a long time, depending on the extent of the exposure as well as the health and sensitivity of the individual. Some symptoms include respiratory issues, headache, eye irritation, cough, bleeding in the lungs, dizziness, and the list could continue on…
An Invisible Force
Mold does not have to be seen to be present. This little organism can be found within walls, under carpet – wherever there is a water leak or too high humidity. It is important to act quickly with water damage and make sure to fix any leaks and thoroughly dry the area. If mold has already taken over, it is usually best to contact a mold remediation company, especially with contamination larger than 10 square feet and for those who are immunocompromised. If you live in a place with high humidity, you may want to regulate water in the air with a dehumidifier suited to your situation.
Awareness is vastly important. Many do not realize the consequences and dangers of toxic mold. If you think you may be living in a contaminated space, acting quickly to remove yourself from the environment or remediate the situation is paramount.
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Krystle Reeves assists in managing MoldBlogger.com, a website dedicated to providing a place to share and receive information that will better allow individuals to fight and conquer toxic mold and the consequences of mold exposure, and also blogs at Where the Green Things Grow where she shares her adventures and challenges in gardening, parenting, and life.