It’s Mold Awareness Month and I wanted to share with our reader’s several hot topics surrounding mold. While mold is commonly unseen or has no odor, if it is present in your home, it can cause major health issues including allergies, asthma, and other potential health effects.
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The most common health and safety issues include:
- Water Leaks from the Outside – 11%
- Signs of Mice – 10%
- Interior Water Leaks – 9%
Keep reading to find out how you can prevent and treat mold.
Mold Awareness & Prevention
The first step to mold prevention is being aware of likely areas that support the growth of mold. Anywhere that moisture can collect is an area that can start growing mold. Here are some preventative steps to control mold:
- Control Indoor Moisture
- Vent Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms
- Use Air Conditioners and De-Humidifiers
- Increase Overall Ventilation
- Use Exhaust Fans when Cooking, Dishwashing, and Cleaning
- Fix Leaking Pipes and Cracks
- Prevent Condensation
- Catch Pollutants
- Check the Exterior for Cracking or Moisture Collection Frequently
How to Treat Mold
Treating mold is effective if you catch it early enough and the material doesn’t absorb easily. If you have mold due to flooding, a burst pipe, or a leak, you might require assistance from a professional. Always call your insurance agency if you aren’t sure. If you see small areas of mold, follow these steps:
- Dry Water Damaged Areas within 24-48 Hours
- Wash Hard Surfaces with Detergent and Water and Dry Completely. If you cannot get mold off or it keeps reappearing, it might be time for a replacement.
How Mold Effects You and Your Family
Many people know that mold can cause allergies but the symptoms are sometimes more severe due to the constant exposure in your home. Know that mold can cause these issues:
- Severe Allergic Reactions
- Irritating Rashes, Eyes, Throat, and Lungs
- Hay Fever-Type Symptoms
- Other Unknown Effects
If you think you might have a mold issue in your home, start working on solving the mold issue but also inform your doctor if any family members experience these symptoms.
Sources: EPA – 10 Things, Mold & Health
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