One of the most important things to remember about mold is that it exists throughout the world around us. And it’s been around on this planet for a lot longer than human beings; millions of years in fact. This does not mean that you want mold to invade your home. But, this can happen and is more likely to do so if there is damp present.
Most of the time, people can live quite happily in the environment with mold around them. However, the situation can be different for certain people, especially if they are living in a home where mold is present.
When can mold be a problem for health
There are some people who are more sensitive to mold than others. These people may suffer from symptoms such as an itchy throat, eyes or skin. They may also suffer from wheezing or a cough. If someone is allergic to mold, similar symptoms are likely to be displayed, but they are usually more severe. Anyone who suffers from a chronic lung condition is at more risk from the presence of mold, as they can develop a serious infection as a result. You should not panic at the presence of mold, as it is not usually excessively dangerous to health. But it can make living in a property really uncomfortable, and it can also cause damage to the property. This is why the problem needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Dealing with mold in your home
You can often see mold that is present in your home. If not, you may be able to smell it; it has a very distinctive odor. There may be someone in your home who has developed a cough, or itchy eyes, that are not there when they leave the property. If you have any indication that mold may be present, you can try and remove it yourself. If you are unable to do this, you need to speak to an Environmental Professional.
They will carry out an inspection of your home, and tell you what work needs to be done. Once they have done this, you need to hire an expert in removing mold, who will deal with the problem for you. Many professionals will provide you with a free estimate of the cost of the removal and clearing up process. This means that you can plan for the cost; it also means you can shop around.
The work will normally involve clearing the current mold, and treating your home to help make future mold problems less likely. Once the work has been completed, you should have your home re-tested, to make sure that the results are successful. Most reputable companies provide a guarantee against failure.
Mold is a common problem, given that mold already exists all around us, and only needs the existence of damp to find your home accommodating. As soon as you suspect there may be a problem with mold in your property, you need to take action, to ward off potential adverse effects on health and to limit the amount of damage caused.