The presence of mold in your home can create several symptoms and potential health dangers. Some molds present greater dangers than others. Mold testing can detect the presence of toxins that occur in certain types of mold. Mold removal is the only way to prevent any allergies or illnesses caused by exposure to the spores.
The symptoms caused by mold exposure can appear immediately or after continued exposure. Some milder symptoms are quite common while the more serious conditions and illnesses occur less often.
- A runny nose
- Eye redness
- Watery and itchy eyes
Rare Symptoms and Conditions:
- Asthma symptoms
- Memory loss
- Lung infections
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
The more serious conditions and symptoms tend to occur in those with compromised immune systems, asthma, and bronchitis.
Mold Removal Methods
There are several ways to remove mold. The best method depends on the surface, or area, exposed to mold. Seriously infected structures could require a professional mold cleaning service. However, there are effective means to remove without hiring a professional.
Removal of hard surfaces is the easiest process of all the surfaces. It is possible to use cleaners or detergents to scrub the spores off of the surface. A bleach mix, that can be made at home, is an effective cleaner. Be sure to dry all surfaces thoroughly after cleansing.
Removal of mold on porous, or absorbent, materials can be much more difficult. If scrubbing, with an over the counter product, does not produce results look for a professional mold removal service. A professional service will have access to strong commercial cleansers formulated specifically for eliminating mold. Many porous surfaces cannot be cleaned and will require replacement. This is often true for carpeting and drywall.
The best way to combat the issues presented by mold is to prevent its formation. Identify the sources of the humidity and moisture and repair them. If there is a leak, make sure to clean and dry that area completely upon repair. Do not use carpeting in an area that is susceptible to leaks or exposed to high humidity.
Make sure your home is properly ventilated to minimize humidity levels. Install ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Dehumidifiers used in conjunction with ventilation is ideal for those in humid climates. The last step is to ensure that you have sufficient insulation in your home. Proper insulation will discourage condensation that commonly occurs on the metal door and window frames. Mold prevention is way more cost effective than the price of removal.