Mold Exposure Symptoms: What You Need to Do
There is one thing that every homeowner fears; mold. Aside from destroying a home from the inside out, mold can cause serious health issues if not removed. And while no one wants to experience symptoms from mold infestation, there are warning signs you should be aware of.
What is Mold?
Mold is a parasitic fungus that can grow on almost any surface. It primarily appears when there is an abundance of moisture along with high levels of humidity. Mold also thrives in warm, damp areas such as basements and showers without proper ventilation. Mold grows quickly, so it's important to treat and remove as soon as you notice it.
However, finding mold isn't always as easy as you think. While it's possible to see it in your shower, you might not be able to see in other, less obvious places. In some cases, you’ll notice it through the smell it produces, which is a musty, wet, wood-type odor.
The Symptoms of Mold
Mold can cause a wide variety of serious respiratory issues. If there is mold in your home, you might develop persistent allergic-type symptoms, even if you've never suffered from allergies before.
Some of the most common symptoms caused by mold include:
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Random rashes
- Difficulty breathing such as wheezing
- Itchy skin
In the most serious cases, mold can cause chronic respiratory issues like asthma and pneumonia. Even if your home and HVAC is clean, mold spores can be pushed out of your HVAC unit when it’s blowing out hot or cold air.
What You Can Do About It
Before you’re able to do anything about mold, the first step you must take is finding the source. Because mold frequently grows in places where you can’t normally see, you might need the help of an HVAC professional to help you find the source.
It’s also worth mentioning that mold comes in many different colors like blue, green, brown and black, which is the most dangerous. If you start to smell a musty odor but can't find where it is coming from, play it safe and call an HVAC professional.
Mold, as unpleasant as it is to think about, is a common household problem. If you or your family start to develop breathing difficulties, or if your home has a smell that you just can’t put your finger on, it could be mold.
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If you think you have mold in your home, contact the experts at Robert Bair Plumbing Heating and Air to schedule an appointment today.