Mold is a naturally occurring organism that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold is alive, but is neither a plant nor an animal. It is a type of fungus. While small amounts of mold are common in everyday life, elevated levels of mold inside your home may be a cause for concern. Some people are sensitive to molds, and exposure can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, stuffiness, and can worsen the symptoms of asthma.
If your home has mold inside it anywhere, the first ones that are going to show symptoms of exposure will be your children, the elderly, and your pets. Those groups are particularly susceptible to the health complications associated with mold and mildew exposure. This can include breathing problems, rashes, headaches, sneezing, hoarseness, or even just a constant runny or blocked nose. These could be signs of more serious problems, so why wait on getting the service that your home needs to determine if you have a mold problem?
Allergenic: Molds that can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and runny nose.
Pathogenic: Molds that can cause suppressed immune systems.
Toxic: Molds that can cause serious health effects in almost anyone.
Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
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