The Importance of Getting Rid of Mold
Mold in a home can be a disaster in and of itself
and can certainly follow after terrible flooding. If your home has
mold, you're not alone. It is estimated that 50 percent of
homes have some level of mold. All mold needs in order to become
rooted is moisture, and as hard as you try, it's difficult
to keep a home free of moisture. The most common molds found in
residences are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and
Aspergillus. There are a number of reasons to take the necessary
steps to rid your dwelling of all mold.
- The Institute of Medicine found suggestive evidence
linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise
healthy children. The World Health Organization reports a potential
link of early mold exposure to the development of asthma in some
- There are concerns for individuals
with chronic respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive
pulmonary disorder (COPD). Such individuals may have trouble
breathing, while those with suppressed immune systems may be at
greater risk for fungal infection.
- Those with
allergies seem to be more sensitive to molds. Allergies can
miserable enough without being exacerbated by mold.
- If health concerns are not enough, the musky smell of
mold is distinctive. Even if you've grown accustomed to
the odor, it's quite possible that visitors can smell it
as they enter your home.
- No matter how well
you clean your house, the tell-tell sign of black mold diminishes
the appearance of any room in which it's found. Even if
you're fortunate enough not to experience health concerns
due to mold, there is an aesthetic reason to get rid of
If you believe that mold may be
a problem in your home, you can find more information on the US Environment
Protection Agency website.
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