Mold Hazards at Home and Health Concerns
Mold hazards can exist all around us. Wherever there is moisture, the potential for mold to grow and become hazardous is a threat. Mold can be found in areas such as, basements, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, closets, storage areas, just to name a few.
Just about any type of substance is a breeding ground for mold to grow, some of which you would not ordinarily suspect. If there is moisture, mold can grow on drywall, insulation material, ceiling tiles, carpet, wood, leather and glass. Mold can grow on plants, soil, and leaves. The potential to grow has no boundaries if the environment supports a moist, damp atmosphere.
Mold is hazardous because it can make you sick. Exposure to mold can cause health-related problems such as allergies, asthma, sinusitis, and respiratory problems.
Sometimes, mold is invisible, which makes it hard to detect and harder to link to the health problems that it may be causing. This is why after suffering water damage it is important to treat all areas that came into contact with the water damage and the environments that are producing moisture.
Unexplained sneezing, runny nose, headaches, problems breathing may be misdiagnosed as allergies from pollen or other sources in the air, when in fact it is being caused by mold growing in unexpected areas.
If there has been water damage suffered in an area, it is quite likely that mold will begin to grow in areas that can and cannot be seen. Promptly treating water damaged areas and looking for hidden areas where mold can grow is a big factor in protecting yourself against the health-related problems that are caused by exposure to mold.
Although mold exposure is a common problem, many do not realize the dangers and the hazards of mold and the health related problems it can cause.