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Two Things You Need To Know About Household Mold

by Warren Brown

If you're like most homeowners , you actually know very little about household mold. Following are three basics about mold that everyone should be aware of: 

Mold Causes Allergies in Many People 

Allergic reactions to mold cause serious problems for many people, particularly the young, elderly, or those with compromised immune systems. Itching in the nasal and eye regions as well as coughing and sneezing are commonly experienced by those suffering from mold allergies. In some cases, symptoms become severe enough to warrant medical intervention. In fact, left untreated, mold allergies can result in serious illness or even death. Black mold is particularly pernicious. Symptoms of severe black mold poisoning include:

  • Nausea and vomiting. 
  • Pink or brown topical skin rashes that may or may not itch.
  • Fatigue and pain. 
  • ​Shortness of breath. 
  • Increased mucous.

Those who suspect that these symptoms are caused by exposure to toxic black mold should contact their physicians at once. The next step is to make an appointment with a local company offering mold removal services. 

The Answer to Many Mold Issues Is Not Bleach

Many homeowners automatically reach for the bleach when they suspect that mold is part of the picture. However, bleach doesn't provide a one-size-fits-all answer for mold problems. For instance, applications of bleach aren't effective in removing mold spores and stopping their growth on porous surfaces. Bleach also loses its potency very quickly, and chlorine can actually evaporate through plastic containers. If your bleach has been sitting around for awhile at home or even on the shelf of a store, it's possible that it's lost the majority of its effectiveness. Also, because bleach is toxic, it can contribute to adverse environmental conditions in the home and produces a substance known as dioxin that has been found to be linked to cancer. 

Mold Spreads Throughout the Home Via Air Flow 

Your air conditioning and furnace systems can easily spread mold throughout your entire home. Mold spores multiply and spread quickly -- they can even move throughout the home by ordinary drafts not related to heating and cooling systems. For instance, even simple acts such as opening and closing doors and windows may produce enough of a breeze to provide opportunistic mold spores with the chance to go forth and multiply.  For more information on how you can dealing with household mold, please feel free to contact your local mold removal service at your earliest convenience.