signs of mold exposure

Signs of Mold Exposure

Signs of Mold Exposure

Many times, people have the need for professional mold remediation services but do not recognize the signs of mold contaminationHeads aches, itchiness, coughing and throat discomfort as well as increased allergic reactions and aggravation to existing health conditions are all signs of exposure to mold.  Be sure to have mold testing conducted by an IICRC certified professional if you think you may need mold remediation services.  The following article was written to help owners recognize when to call a mold remediation company.

Visible Mold

Visible mold and or what appears to be mold is a major sign that mold remediation may be needed.  Remember, mold is microscopic, so visible mold can be the sign of a larger water damage issue.

Mold Odors

Mold contamination may not always be visible, but the smell of mold can be a strong indication that mold remediation is needed.  Odors are a result of enzymatic activity of mold growth.  If strong mold odors are present in your home or office mold testing can be the first step to completing your mold remediation project.

Flood/water damage

A previous flood or water damage can either be the source or a major contributing factor of mold contamination and the need for mold remediation services.  All water damage, no matter how small should be cleared by a professional water damage company to make sure all salvageable materials are dry. 

Mold Remediation & groups of high risk to Mold Exposure:

Pulmonary/respiratory issues

Indoor air quality is a vital, yet underappreciated aspect related to the quality of life we experience.  People who suffer from heart or other breathing issues are particularly at risk for mold exposure and the need for professional mold remediation services. One reason why is because mold possess the greatest risk when inhaled.  Mold that is inhaled may be able to grow inside of the lungs, causing a variety of lungs sickness.

Pregnant/attempting pregnancy

Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant fall into may high risk categories and mold exposure is no exemption.  Over exposure to mold presents not a health risk to the mother, but also to the fetus she carries. 

Children under 6

Children under the age of 6 are at higher risk allergic reaction due to over exposure to mold contamination.  The younger a person is, the more at risk they are to mold exposure due to the developmental stage of their heart and lungs.

Adults over 65

You or your loved one could be 65 or older and in tip top health.  If this is the case, then you do not fall into this category.  However, many people experience some percentage of heath decrease in this stage of life.  Exposure to mold and or poor indoor air quality can only make pre-existing health condition worse.  Mold removal services can help improve and maintain health.

Asthma/allergies

People with asthma and or allergies live with an acute awareness of their breathing and are especially sensitive to changes in indoor air quality.  Exposure to even slightly elevated mold levels can trigger allergic reaction and the need for professional mold remediation.

Immune deficiency

Living with any chronic disease has its special requirements.  One essential requirement is to maintain good indoor air quality.  Mold remediation and mold remediation services can literally help save the life of someone who falls into this category.

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