You’ve probably noticed in recent blogs our warnings of potential future damage caused by the El Niño storms the Central Valley experienced in the winter months. In addition to providing fuel for the upcoming fire season, all of that excess moisture has provided the perfect breeding grounds for household mold.
That’s definitely not good news for the health of your family. In this article, we’ll talk in-depth about mold and the health risks associated with it.
MOLD AT A GLANCE
In essence, molds are a form of fungi – organisms that live by feeding upon the organic material in which they grow. You can recognize them by their brown, yellow, green or fuzzy appearance.
They thrive indoors and outdoors – particularly in warm, damp and humid conditions.
Indoors, molds tend to love basements, showers, carpet, flooring and furniture.
Outside, you can find molds in shady, damp areas.
MOLD DANGERS TO HUMANS
The World Health Organization has issued a report stating that people who live in damp homes or buildings are at increased risk of developing respiratory problems and worsening of asthma conditions. Molds can also cause headaches, rashes, dizziness, nausea and allergic reactions.
People who are at increased risks of negative reactions to old in the home include:
HOW TO GET RID OF MOLD IN THE HOME
Well, actually it’s almost impossible to rid your home of all mold spores, but their growth can be curbed. Because mold thrives in moisture, the best bet to reducing mold growth is fixing any moisture problems in your home.
Some helpful ways to do this include:
LET THE PROS AT J&M KEYSTONE, INC. CAN CHECK AND TREAT YOUR HOME FOR MOLD
Mold growth can begin in your home in just 72 hours after water or moisture has found its way into your home. While you can generally spot mold in easily visible places, mold can also thrive while hidden in walls, above the ceiling or underneath the floor.
While the tips listed above are good habits to get into to curb mold growth, it’s in your best interest to have a professional mold remediation specialist – like J&M Keystone, Inc. – to make sure all mold patches are treated.
Call us today at 800-368-2757.
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