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Understanding the Health Hazards of Mold in Your Home

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Understanding the Health Hazards of Mold in Your Home

Understanding the Health Hazards of Mold in Your Home

Moisture in your home from plumbing leaks, flooding, storm damage, or other conditions may encourage mold to grow. If you smell a musty odor or see mold spreading in your home, it is important to hire experienced mold remediation technicians immediately. Mold is a very harmful substance that can cause a variety of health problems for you and your family. If ignored or not removed properly, the mold spores may continue to grow, spreading through the air and infecting furniture and other items it comes into contact with.

Mold may grow inside or outside on a variety of surfaces. It can enter your home through air ducts or windows, and can attach to clothing and pets. Wherever it is located, it is a threat to the health and well-being of everyone in your home, and should be dealt with promptly.

What are the side effects of mold?

  • Allergies
  • Coughing
  • Respiratory infections
  • Congestion
  • Eye or skin irritation
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Shortness of breath
  • Asthma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold in residential homes is responsible for a host of respiratory tract issues. It may also lead to acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants, as well as lethargy and memory loss, but more research is necessary to show a clear link to these side effects. People who are more sensitive or who have mold allergies may suffer more severe respiratory problems.

With the Risk of Health Issues So High, Is There a Way to Protect Your Family from Mold Growth?

Preventing mold is the most important way to avoid negative health effects. Since mold grows in areas of moisture, the drier you keep your home, the less mold will be able to grow. Thus, you should air out your home with fresh air by opening windows and doors on a regular basis, and have your air conditioning and heating system inspected and cleaned. Furthermore, if your home is moist, you can use a dehumidifier to make the air a little dryer.

In bathrooms, you should clean with mold-killing substances or bleach (as long as you don’t mix bleach with any other chemical), and remove carpets, furniture, or rugs that have been soaked with water and cannot dry adequately. Furthermore, after a flood, you should clean and dry out your home as quickly as possible, generally within 24-48 hours. You also need to fix any plumbing issues, such as leaks, that could cause a buildup of moisture in areas of your home.

Professional Mold Remediation Services in Los Angeles

If you discover mold growing in your home, The Twin Home Experts can help. Our team of experienced mold remediation technicians will work quickly to detect the source of the mold and remove it completely from your home. We will also inspect your plumbing lines and perform any necessary repairs to ensure no additional moisture is putting you at risk.

For efficient plumbing and mold remediation services in Los Angeles, contact our office today to request a service.

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