Dangers Of Living With Mold
In any home or business, it is of the utmost importance to reduce the amount of mold that you, your loved ones, or your employees are exposed to. A lot of folks spend great amounts of money to have their properties checked for mold when it isn’t really necessary. Mold is evidenced either through its appearance as a greenish black fuzzy mass on walls or piping, accompanied by a noxious, musty odor. If you suspect that you have mold in your home, then in all likelihood you do.
One you have identified the mold in your home, then you are aware of the problem, but most of the damage that mold inflicts on our physical well being is invisible, in the form of mold spores that are airborne and easily inhaled by anyone living in the home. Ancient Oriental medicine was based around the belief that clean air is vital to our continued good health, and without it, the body cannot function at peak efficiency. When the air is filled with contaminants, our health is compromised. Some studies have shown a decided link between airborne mold and depression, respiratory issues, cancer, and even death. These same studies reveal that many of us inhale large quantities of toxins from the environmental air.
Mold is evident in many homes and businesses, as we find it everywhere from old bread to our shower floor. While small amounts of mold won’t harm anyone, inhaling large concentrations of it can. Mold exposure over the long term can result in respiratory problems, allergic reactions, skin rashes, and nervous system disorders. Other molds can actually produce a toxic breathing environment, and are fully capable of impairing the entire human system.
A number of statistics to consider about mold:
- Scientists have found a direct correlation between a high presence of mold in households and depression.
- Other studies have demonstrated that the air inside our homes can be worse than the air outside. The average American spends around 90% of our time in enclosed buildings, and over 60% of our time in our houses. It isn’t hard to see where the problem may come in.
- Scientists have identified over 1,000 types of mold and mildew inside houses in the United States, and more than 100,000 types of mold exist overall.
- “Stachybotrys” is a highly-toxic type of mold that has been related to human death.
Mold can live off of any organic matter, and it thrives best in a warm and humid environment. It is not enough for mold to be removed or killed; it will simply grow back over time. No, the environment must be treated to prevent the mold from returning, and this includes removing all moisture, bringing relative humidity levels down, and improving the ventilation through the area. Once that is done, the likelihood of the mold returning is slim at best. Humidity levels in any home or business should be kept between 40-45%.
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