After a Flood or Natural Disaster

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 children.
  • 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 it.

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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