The Health Risks, Identification, and Remediation for Indoor Mold Growth

Winter is near, and it is one of the best times of year for mold to grow and expand. Usually, mold growth occurs near sources of water where it can quickly spread and reproduce. As it grows and spreads, it breaks down and compromises the integrity and strength of the source in which it lives. So, mold removal  is highly recommended for healthy living.

According to recent studies, mold grows in places that we don’t tend to think about when cleaning. The mold continues to grow, and exposure levels will mount if the mold is not removed or destroyed properly.

Health Risks of Indoor Mold

Our body’s immune system tries to destroy the mold much like a flu virus when mold cells are breathed in and invade the respiratory tract. This result in,

– Runny nose
– Headaches
– Scratchy throat
– Sneezing or
– Allergic rhinitis

Did you know more than half of asthmatics have respiratory allergies, and inhaling mold can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive cases? For people with weakened immune system, the infection of mold in the tissues of the respiratory tract or lungs is very dangerous.

Toxins present in mold, when inhaled can result in poisoning.

Different Types of Indoor Molds

Generally, molds are categorized by its color, but it doesn’t always work as both harmless and harmful molds exist in each color group.

Allergic Molds

These molds are known to cause allergic reactions in people with weak immune system.

Green Molds:

Green molds are responsible for serious infection such as Aspergillosis found in

– Lungs
– Ears
– Eyes
– Nose
– Sinuses and
– Brain.

Green molds are formed due to exposure to moisture and inhaling the spores of green causes Aspergillosis.

Black Molds

Black molds, one of the most dreaded of molds rows rapidly in wet wallpaper, drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles and elsewhere. Not all black molds are toxic; hence professional testing is required to find out the harmful effects of black spores. If results are positive, black mold remediation must be done by a professional.

Mold Remediation Process

Following are the steps involved in professional mold removal services.

Assessment and Containment

– Inspect your home, testing areas and air quality to identify all traces of mold spores.
– Create a remediation plan and close off the source of moisture.

Drying and Repair

– Dry the entire area to prevent the return of mold spores.
– Replace contaminated items with new, non-contaminated parts.

Mold Testing

– Once the repair work gets completed, test the affected areas to ensure complete eradication of the mold threat.

Filtration and Removal

– Professionals use HEPA filters to clean the air, removing any airborne mold spores from the affected areas.
– Use antimicrobial cleaners to clean non-porous surfaces.

In addition to this, mold removal companies also remove and dispose of items in the affected area to help eliminate lingering spores and prevent future growth and spreading in your home.

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