Is Mold Dangerous?
What Is Mold?
Mold – a word that often flares fear, disgust and generally negative feelings inside people’s heads. Rightfully so, mold is one of the most silent killers that exists in the modern world. Simply, mold is a gradual (and sometimes even hardly-seen) fungus that grows inside damp areas inside places. It often causes health issues, which differ from subtle to severe depending on the depth of the mold and the prior health of the person. Either way, it is better to be safe than sorry with mold.
Does Mold Pose Health Risks?
According to the IOM, there was “sufficient evidence found to link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma.” Along with that, the IOM also “found limited or suggestive evidence linking exposure to damp indoor environments in general to shortness of breath, to respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children and to potential development of asthma in susceptible individuals.”
Common Health Issues Found with Mold:
#1. Sinus Congestion: Often one of the first signs of mold.
#2. Chest Tightness: Chest tightness and general discomfort may arise.
#3. Headache: Known to truly slow down your day, headaches are no fun.
Often with mold, certain groups of people are at higher risk of more serious health issues than others. WebMD lists the riskiest groups:
– Infants and children
– The elderly
– People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
– People with chronic lung disease
Even worse, around 1.5 million deaths a year are associated with mold and mold-related health issues (World Health Organization). Mold is a secret killer that resides in most people’s homes; unfortunately enough, most people do not even know what lives inside their homes.
What Exactly is Mold Remediation?
Mold Remediation is different from removing mold. Simply, it is impossible to completely remove mold from anywhere. According to the CDC, “mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.” With so much mold being spread, Mold Remediation focuses on regulating, controlling, and getting the fungus back to a normal stage so it doesn’t continue to breed.
While mold removal is helpful, it does not solve the root problem and often leaves room for the habitat to breed more mold. Remediation regulates it, removes some of it, and solves the root problem for the issue not to occur again.
With mold remediation and mold issues in general, the most useful measurement tools use thermal technology in order to be able to accurately measure and locate the mold – with a proper execution tactic to deal with it accordingly. Additionally, it allows measurement of progress, and visually ensures that your home is safe and free of mold.