How Can Mold in Your Home Affect the Health of Your Family?

Mold and peeling paint on a wall from excessive moisture

Our homes are our sanctuaries; they are the place we return to rest our weary souls. For this reason, even a minor inconvenience to our homes can mean a major inconvenience to our lives. Because of the importance of our homes, it is imperative to protect them. One thing we must protect them from is mold.  

What is Mold?

Mold, a type of fungus, thrives in damp, wet environments. Additionally, molds can grow on most organic substances. For this reason, leaks and water damage are prime locations for mold to take a foothold in your home. Anywhere there is moisture can offer mold growth, so other prime locations for mold to take root are along windows, drains, and bathrooms.

The Health Risks of Mold

Mold can be a particularly meddlesome intruder within a home. Due to its spores, the tiny microparticles they use to reproduce, molds often affect allergies. Some molds can even cause serious lung issues if left to grow inside your house. The effects of mold also extend to asthma, meaning your small children or even visiting adults can suffer attacks from exposure. Mold exposure can also lead to a compromised immune system. This wide range of mold symptoms quickly illustrates the health risks of mold—and highlights the need to stop it before it begins affecting those you love.

Addressing Mold Symptoms

How then do we go about protecting our home from spores too small to see—so small they can enter our homes through our forced air units, on our pets, or even on ourselves without us ever knowing? Protecting your home from mold is not a battle of preventing its entrance, but rather, a battle over its persistence once it enters your home. This is the only way to prevent the symptoms from surfacing.

You need to address mold symptoms before they manifest. As soon as you detect mold in your home, you should take action to remove it. There are multiple ways to do this, but we recommend partnering with an inspection and remediation service to accomplish the task. A mold inspection may determine that you don’t need to worry, or instead that mold remediation is necessary for the well-being of your family.

Preventing Mold in The Home

The trick for preventing mold is to prevent damp areas. Without moisture, mold cannot grow. Fixing leaks may prevent water from continuing to persist, but it cannot undo the water that was lost, which is why thorough inspecting and drying the area around the leak is also necessary.

Using bleach may be a commonly thought way to treat mold, but it can make your mold issue worse. Maintaining forty-five percent or lower humidity within your homes can also help with mold deterrence. While mold prevention may seem easy, it is anything but. When you need an expert to ensure your safety, and the safety of your family, work with Pure Breathing Solutions to stop mold before it wreaks havoc.

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