How Dangerous is Mold

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Most of us are familiar with mold—from the black spots on shower curtains to the white stuff on old bread. We know to immediately throw out moldy bread–not only does it look hideous, but there is a distinct smell and taste to the bread which has even a tiny amount of mold on it somewhere. And we know to throw bleach on the shower curtain to get those black spots off.  If mold gets on clothes, it is called mildew, and we know to immediately rewash them. But what about mold inside of our homes or basement, is it dangerous? Can it cause health problems?

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that can be orange, green, purple, black or white. Molds found outdoors aid in the breakdown of dead leaves, plants, and trees. Molds flourish in moist environments, and they use it to reproduce by means of tiny spores in the air. We actually are exposed to mold spores all around us. The problem comes about when mold manages to find a wet spot in your home and lingers there. When mold starts to grow on that surface, the spores are released into the air in your home, where you can breathe them in. If that happens, you could develop health problems as a result. Since all mold needs to grow is moisture, you are more likely to see mold in damp places like bathrooms, the kitchen, basements, and crawl spaces.

Health Effects of Mold

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughing and wheezing in healthy people. People with asthma develop asthma symptoms and could contract hypersensitivity pneumonia. This applies to children, as well as adults. Other symptoms can include a rash, watery eyes, runny nose, itchy eyes or red eyes. These are all common allergy symptoms associated with exposure to mold.

Mold in your Home

Because mold is outside in nature, it can come inside through doorways, windows, vents and heating and air conditioning systems. It can attach itself to your clothes, purses, shoes, and pets. It begins to grow in moisture-laden environments. From this point, it can start affecting your health. But, you can combat it with these tips from your basement waterproofing professionals in Nashville.

Controlling Mold

In your home, you can control mold by controlling humidity levels. Fixing leaky roofs, pipes, and windows right away will stop the presence of moisture or leaks, inhibiting the growth of mold. Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas will stop mold from settling on clothes and shower tiles and the shower curtain.  If you are cleaning up evidence of mold yourself with bleach, remember never to mix it with ammonia. Toxic fumes will result.

Government Standards concerning Mold

Unfortunately, there are no EPA or government standards established for mold or mold spore levels in residential or commercial areas. So no one can prove that a building or a room complies with regulations concerning exposure to mold.

Basement and Crawlspace Pros in Nashville

If you need help with wet, moldy areas in your basement or crawlspace in the Nashville-Mt Juliet area, call Ameri Care Services at (615) 893-7111. Ameri Care Services proudly serves the Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, and Nashville area of Middle Tennessee.