Mold spores and fungus are a large part of our ecosystem. Elevated and unhealthy levels of mold in your home can always be attributed to moisture (i.e; water and/or humidity levels exceeding 60%). In order to prevent mold contamination in your home, property owners must control water and humidity in a quick and efficient manner. Mold can be found everywhere because it’s natural to the environment. If mold spore concentration levels become higher indoors than what is naturally found outdoors, this typically indicates a potential mold issue inside the home and should be further investigated. With enough food and humidity, this source of “Sick Building Syndrome” can continue to propagate over time, causing more property damage and creating an unhealthy environment for family and occupants. A mold issue can easily grow and spread by feeding on porous surfaces in the home such as wood, sheetrock, insulation, upholstery, and cardboard resulting in a hazardous living condition. Mold exposure has been linked to asthma, hay fever, eczema and other respiratory issues.
Homes with previous water damage, musty odors, visible mold, and water stains are indicators of a possible mold issue.
Mold is an allergen whose allergenic effect can vary from person to person. Some individuals can experience allergic reactions to mold exposure, while others are not do not experience these reactions at all. However, there are several types of mold spores that are known to produce mycotoxins that are known to potentially be harmful to humans and animals. The effects of mycotoxins can include allergic fungal sinusitis and asthma.
Children, elderly, and immune-compromised individuals are more likely to be severely affected by mold exposure.
Itchy & Watery Eyes
Mold Symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy and watery eyes
- Itchy skin
- Sore throat
Mold is natural to the environment and there is no way to eliminate it from your indoor air completely. The best way to combat a potential mold issue is by eliminating moisture as much as possible. Some things you can do include:
- Clean up spills and leaks quickly
- Routinely perform air sample testing to monitor mold spore concentration levels
- Fix leaky pipes
- Use a humidity gauge to monitor the humidity inside the home like this one
- Increase ventilation in the home
- Check and replace air filters monthly