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How to Detect Mold Growth in Your Home

By Richard Subscribe to RSS | April 4th 2012 | Views:
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Do you know that mold infection can cause life threatening health issues? The sad news is that most of the people are still unaware of the mold hazards. Mold is also an important cause for poor indoor air quality. According to World Health Organization (WHO), indoor air pollution is responsible for around 2.7% of the global disease.

Usually, mold health issues vary from mild to severe depending on the amount of exposure and intensity of the mold allergens. Mild health issues such as skin allergy, itching, running nose, eye irritation, congestion, cough and other respiratory problems can occur during limited exposure. Overexposure to mold allergens can cause severe health problems like hay fever symptoms, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and liver damage. Hence, it is important to carry out mold remediation using professionals to secure your family members from mold infection.

Molds don’t cause any health problems unless mold spores starts to grow. Without proper knowledge regarding molds, it is quite difficult to detect the existence of mold within your home.

Here are some simple ways through which you might be able to determine the existence of mold in your home:

Water leakage:

If there is a water leakage in pipe for several days, you need to check around the leaking area for molds, because mold spores will grow rapidly in damp places.

Flooding:

You can find mold growth after flooding due to increased dampness throughout the home. So, you need to dry the home properly to control the growth of molds.

Discolored patches:

When the mold begins to grow, you will find discoloration and black patches on walls and around damp places. If you encounter such patches, you need to immediately clean them to avoid unnecessary damages to the walls and floors.

Musty odor:

Another way to determine the existence of mold is through smelling. When mold begins to grow, you can experience musty odors around the damp places.

Sudden health issues:

If the mold starts to emit toxic allergens such as mycotoxins, you might encounter frequent respiratory problems, skin allergies or eye irritations.

Humidity level:

High humidity level is an important reason for increasing mold problems. Mold growth takes place at rapid rate under high humidity levels. According to CDC, you need to maintain humidity below 50 to prevent mold growth.

Basement without proper ventilation:

If your basement has no ventilation or improper ventilation, you need to check out your basements for mold growth.

These are some simple ways that might assist you in detecting the mold growth within your home. When it’s up to mold removal, you can do it yourself or hire of mold remediation specialist based on the complexity of mold growth.

Richard - About Author:
Mold remediation San Jose firms use advanced testing techniques and tools to detect and remove molds effectively. The author is an expert in the mold arena and has written many articles regarding mold removal in San Francisco and Mold remediation San Jose in the past.

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