Mold can be present inside and outside your property. Most of the time, people assume that mold seeps into their home through open vents, windows and air conditioning system. Though these are common routes, mold spores often grow rapidly when there is excess moisture. This means, leakage in your walls, plant pots, pipes and roofs can increase the chances of mold growth in your property. Consequently, places within your home that are prone to water floods will see rapid growth of mold. This is because moisture and humid air has the right mix of nutrients, which are required for the mold to reproduce and spread. And, if your roofs and pipes are surrounded by wet cellulose materials like paper, ceiling tiles, wooden pillars and cardboard – the risks of mold growth are high.
Health Problems caused by Mold in Air
Mold in the air can affect people and pets severely. Research proves that people who are exposed to moldy and damp conditions for a longer are period of time, are bound to fall sick. And, if the person is highly sensitive to mold, the chances of them developing serious illnesses is high. Common symptoms faced by people who are always breathing in air with mold spores would be stuffy nose, itchy eyes and even skin rashes. People who are allergic to mold can showcase stronger reactions like asthma.
As mentioned previously, people who are sensitive to mold are definitely in danger. This is because their underlying immune system is too sensitive and weak. Day after day, when they inhale mold, the condition will only worsen.
How to Handle Mold?
With all this being said, how will you control the presence of mold in the air within your home?
First things first, you should be aware of the quality of air inside your home. Indoor air quality testing is a must if you suspect you might have mold, and finding a company that specializes in mold and air quality testing is hard to find, (unless you live in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina and can have Elite Moisture Solutions test the air within your home). This testing procedure is also known as air sampling. With the help of air sampling, you will be able to identify if there is mold (and pollutants) in your indoor environment. Results from these tests will help you understand more about your health too! As mentioned previously, air that is rich in mold can pose serious health issues.
Based on the results of the air quality tests, you will be able to take remedial steps. This means, you can decide if you need to hire a professional team for finding mold in your home, or if you need better ventilation or if the entire home needs to be cleaned. Before executing any of these steps, you need to get the quality of air inside your home measured.