A little mold never hurts anyone, does it? That’s not necessarily the case even though we tend to downplay a situation in which we see mold in the home. In this blog post, we will not only dive into mold and your health but also how you can control mold from wreaking havoc in your home.
Mold and Your Health
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention affirms that exposure to damp, moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some folks find that mold causes nasal congestion, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, and skin irritation. It can become more serious with infants, the elderly, and other immune-compromised people with chronic lung illnesses. If you or your family fall into any of these categories, it’s imperative to consult a professional for mold testing.
Where to Look for Mold in the Home
Keep in mind that mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, as well as heating and air conditioning systems. Outside mold can also be tracked indoors by way of clothing, shoes, bags, and pets. In North Carolina specifically, where we get plenty of rain, mold will have no trouble growing around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold growth also thrives on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. That’s not all, though! Mold can even grow in places you might not expect, including dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
Our Top Mold Prevention Tips
- Consider using an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep humidity levels no higher than 50 percent. Just remember to monitor levels throughout the day since humidity levels fluctuate.
- Be certain that your home has enough ventilation. It’s a good idea to use exhaust fans to vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Don’t be afraid to use mold-killing products while cleaning bathrooms. You shouldn’t have a problem finding one that’s safe to use around kids or pets, either.
- Remove or replace carpets/upholstery that’s been soaked and can’t be dried right away. You may want to toy with the idea of not using carpet in rooms or areas such as bathrooms or basements with a lot of moisture.
Mold Inspection from an Experienced Mold Inspector
At Veterans Home Inspection in Charlotte, we not only provide testing for mold but also go the extra mile in helping you contact a mold remediation company should that be necessary. With years of experience in mold detection, we can make the process quick and painless.
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