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The Health Dangers of Mold


In nature, mold breaks down dead plant and animal matter and enriches the soil around it, but it can bring its share of major health trouble if it blooms in your house. Luckily, most types of mold is generally harmless, however sometimes a tiny splotch can grow to large proportions. When mold procreates, it frees spores into the air which can cause problems when inhaled by those with sensitivities or respiratory issues. According to a few studies, there might be a link between an early exposure to mold and the development of asthma in some younger children.

For most, household mold, mildew or fungi isn’t harmful or even noticeable. However, it can impact other people who are allergy prone and who have asthma. These mold sensitivities are seen in many of the population and strike at various times based on the density of mold. If you have a mold allergy, you’ll likely have cold-like symptoms like sneezing or a runny nose when you’re around mold. The most serious reactions include difficulty breathing. Mold can be particularly triggering for asthma attacks as well. Other sensitive groups at risk include:

  • Babies and toddlers
  • Those 65 and up
  • Immune sensitive individuals
  • Those with serious pulmonary disease

Where is Mold Found?

Often found in damp areas, mold and mildew will grow bigger over time. Mold enters your home through open doorways, windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold doesn’t only enter your home through windows and doors– it can attach onto your clothes, knapsacks, pets and shoes and be moved your home.

Mold growth will affect your family’s physical well-being, as well as your possessions and the building itself. Mold can grow in wet places, but it can be found in places you may not think to look. These include:

  • Paper products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Cardboard
  • Wood products
  • Paints
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Upholstery

How to Stop Mold

When it comes to stopping mold from getting into your home, there are certain preventative steps you can take. Here’s some easy steps you can take:

  • Install ventilation for showers, laundry rooms and kitchen
  • Manage the humidity levels
  • If there’s a flood, clean and dry your home meticulously
  • Promptly mend leaky roofs, windows and pipes
  • Call your local mold damage repair contractors for affordable mold remediation

Call Paul Davis Immediately for Mold Remediation Services

If you have mold present in your home that’s too much to handle on your own, call the mold remediation professionals at Paul Davis. Call Paul! 888-473-7669 for affordable mold remediation.