Health Risks of Mold

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Mold is no joke. It can be toxic to your health, and exacerbate existing health conditions such as lung diseases and weakened immune systems. Mold is all around us, although household mold poses significant health risks. If you live in an area of America where the humidity stays above 55 percent, then you are at a much higher risk of having toxic mold in your home or business—and that mold negatively affects your health.

Toxic mold is often referred to as black mold. Scientifically referred to as Stachybotrys Chartarum, this mold is a greenish-black fungus that colonizes particularly well in substances such as straw, hay, wet leaves, drywall, carpet, wallpaper, fiberboard, ceiling tiles, and thermal insulation. Approximately 15 species of black mold exist worldwide. An outbreak of toxic mold could occur as the result of a flood, or because of a plumbing problem, conductive condensation, or a water leak.

The health risks associated with toxic mold are real. The 10 most common health problems that stem from toxic mold exposure include nosebleeds, immune system suppression, hair loss, chronic fatigue, rashes, depression, diarrhea, sore throat, and flu-like symptoms. Infants exposed to toxic mold are at risk of a pulmonary hemorrhage or pulmonary hemosiderosis. Mold can also exacerbate lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease.

Exposure occurs when a person breathes in the mold spores or comes in physical contact with them by directly touching the mold or objects or furniture that have mold on them. Even if you have mold only in your basement or crawlspace, from those areas travels throughout your air ducts, which means you could be breathing these toxins. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware that they even have mold in their home. Only a certified technician can inspect your home for mold, and prevent it from returning.

Many health organizations now consider toxic mold exposure to be not only a health risk but a hazard. The discovery of toxic mold frequently leads to testing, investigations and then the removal of the mold itself. If you have mold in your home, the only way to get rid of it is to undergo professional mold remediation in Nashville. Contrary to popular belief, cleaning the area will not get rid of the mold long-term. The source of the problem must be fixed in order to stop the growth of mold and to keep it from returning. As long as there is moisture seeping into your home or crawlspace, you are at risk for mold exposure.

We recommend calling on professionals to identify and remove toxic mold. A professional mold removal company knows how to distinguish toxic mold from other types of mold; not all black molds are toxic.

Mold Removal in Nashville

Ameri Care Services can handle the removal of toxic mold from your property.  Call (615) 893-7111 to learn more about our services that we offer for basement and crawlspace waterproofing. We can even install a sump pump to prevent your basement or crawlspace from flooding.

Ameri Care Services is proud to serve the communities of Mt. Juliet, Nashville, and Murfreesboro in middle Tennessee.