The Health Risks Involved When You Have Mold at Home

Mold pose a number of serious health problems, and what makes this even more alarming is that most people don’t even realize that these issues are related to mold exposure. These can range from sneezing, coughing, and itching eyes to serious allergic reactions, asthma, and even permanent lung disorder. Some homeowners aren’t even aware that mold could be growing in their houses.

mold remediationIn fact, at least 25 per cent of homes in America, particularly in Tampa Area, suffer from mold infestations. Tampa mold remediation experts provide information and guidance on how to address residential mold problems and prevent their growth.

Detecting Black Mold at Home

The most common signs of black mold at home are often water-related. After all, mold needs moisture to grow. Home exterior problems, such as a leaky roof or pipes, blocked gutters, a damp basement or attic, and flooding damages are just some of the common problems that cause mold-friendly environments. Rooms with poor ventilation and areas with high humidity are also vulnerable to mold growth. Immediate mold remediation is needed once you see discoloration or warping of your ceilings, floors, and walls. Other signs, such as cracked paint and peeling, loosening of drywall tape, and mildew, musty odors all need urgent solutions to avoid further damage.

Mold-related health issues

Seeing the signs of visible mold growth is just the beginning. Simply ignoring them would only result in continuous black mold growth, putting your entire family at risk from diseases, such as the following:

  • Sinusitis and nasal congestion
  • Asthma
  • Memory impairment
  • Body aches and pains
  • Bronchitis
  • Dry hacking cough
  • Skin rashes and irritation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Respiratory problems
  • Food intolerances and allergies
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lung tissue damage
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swing
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches

Some severe cases of black mold can be life-threatening. People with already weakened immune systems are among the most vulnerable. For infants, a specific type of mold known as the Stachybotrys, may cause bleeding lungs and could be fatal. To protect your home, make sure to address signs of mold growth as early as you can.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.