The Hidden Dangers of Mold in Your Home

One of the homeowner’s biggest enemies is the infamous mold. In fact, exposure to mold in close quarters like your home can be extremely dangerous for pretty much anyone who is around it, especially the elderly and the very young. Here are just a few of the hidden dangers of mold in your home – and what you can do about it.

Mold in the Home

Mold is a type of fungus, and the type that grows in homes is usually black, though it can also be shades of brown, yellow, or even pink. Because mold requires a certain environment to grow, there are areas of the home that have the most mold growth. Mold needs moisture to spread, so be on the lookout in the bathroom, under the kitchen sink, under carpets, and in the attic. It could also be behind the drywall of your home. Unfortunately, mold can grow on a variety of materials, so almost no surface in your home is safe from mold.

Home Damage

Because mold needs a surface to grow on, you’ll find it in nearly any area of your home that has moisture, as established above. The problem is that the mold breaks down whatever surface it is growing on. You’ve probably seen mushrooms or other fungi outside, breaking down compost or dead trees. Likewise, the mold in the home breaks down the surface it grows on, which could reduce and impair the structural integrity of the home. It could weaken wooden beams and floorboards as well as damage drywall and cause paint to chip and crumble. In the bathroom, it can clog drains and faucets, putting undue pressure on plumbing fixtures and pipes.

Respiratory Illness

Perhaps the biggest worry of homeowners when it comes to mold-related damage is the danger it causes to living creatures, namely humans and their pets. Mold spreads by releasing spores into the air. These spores float through the air until they find a suitable surface upon which they can land and begin to grow. Unfortunately, many of these spores don’t make it to a surface and instead are breathed in by the home’s occupants. This can cause a number of respiratory problems, including asthma and other illnesses. In serious cases, it can lead to pulmonary hemosiderosis, or bleeding in the lungs. Allergies are another respiratory concern since breathing in mold spores can instigate a serious autoimmune reaction in some people.

Mold Doctors

If there are signs of mold, calling removal professionals like Mold Doctors is the only possible solution. If you see mold, mold remediation should be applied to ensure the material is okay to be used. Questions? Reach out to us today for a free quote or call us directly at (508) 534–9091. We are proud to serve Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable and the rest of Cape Cod.

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