Mold can become an issue in your house due to water damage from plumbing issues that aren’t correctly dealt with. When you have mold in your home, it can spread quickly and lead to serious problems that affect everything from your flooring to the home’s structure.
Mold can also cause many health problems. To protect yourself, learn about mold and the ways mold in your home can affect your health.
How You Get Mold in Your Home
Mold requires certain conditions to thrive. These conditions include oxygen, warmth, darkness, moisture, and mold spores. Mold also needs a surface it can feed on such as drywall, fabric, or wood.
Many places in your home provide these conditions to mold. If moisture is introduced to a dark and warm place in your home, such as a closet, cupboard, or basement, then you can find yourself dealing with mold. If you don’t have a professional remove mold correctly in the early stages, it can cause damage to your home as it grows and lead to a variety of health problems.
What Health Problems Mold Can Cause
Some people are more susceptible to mold reactions than others. For anyone who is predisposed to mold sensitivities, mold can cause allergy-like symptoms. These symptoms include red and itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose, runny nose, and rashes.
People with serious predisposed sensitivities to mold can experience more severe reactions including breathing difficulties. People with conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can experience asthma attacks and serious respiratory issues.
Exposure to certain strains of mold, such as aspergillus and stachybotrys chartarum, may lead to another major health concern. These strains of mold produce mycotoxins, which cause inflammation and other issues such as a condition called toxic mold syndrome.
Toxic mold syndrome is a type of black mold poisoning. Some of the symptoms that can come from toxic mold syndrome include anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, weakness, vertigo, memory loss, confusion, lack of concentration, verbal issues, learning difficulty, digestive issues, appetite loss, skin changes, depression, and infertility.
Toxic mold syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because many of the condition’s symptoms coincide with the symptoms of other conditions, such as bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autoimmune disorder, and attention deficit disorder.
How Conditions Due to Mold Exposure Are Diagnosed
The technology for testing for many mold-related conditions is still limited. However, in some cases, mycotoxins can be found in urine. Another way to diagnose conditions like mold toxicity syndrome is with a nasal swab test, which a doctor performs to test for the presence of bacteria.
Hormone changes often take place with mold-related issues that can be picked up in blood tests. For example, a skin prick test can show an allergic reaction to mold, which can help diagnose a mold-related condition.
Negative tests don’t necessarily mean a person is free of mold-related issues. In many cases, a physician will make a diagnosis based off the patient’s symptoms and/or the fact that mold was found in their home or workplace.
How to Protect Yourself From Mold
The best way to protect yourself from mold is to keep your home mold-free. Have roof leaks repaired immediately. Also, schedule repairs for plumbing issues as soon as you find them.
If you find a leak or see signs of moisture, such as damp carpet, bubbling paint, stains on the walls, or anything else that can point to plumbing leaks or other issues, contact us to come repair those issues right away.
If you think you already have mold in your home, we can come out and remove the mold safely from your home. You won’t always be able to see mold, so call us if you notice other possible signs of mold growth, such as a musty smell or dark areas of flooring.