Can Mold Cause Health Problems?

Mold. It’s one of those four letter words that homeowners never want to hear. There are thousands of types of mold, some more invasive and dangerous than others. If you find mold growing anywhere in your home, take the necessary steps to have it removed as soon as possible. For those in this situation, a bigger questions becomes relevant, can mold cause health problems for my family?

Mold in the Home

Mold is a natural part of the environment. Despite the negative reputation it rightfully gets in the home, mold has a positive impact when outdoors. Here it works to break down the dead organic matter around it including leaves, dead trees, and more. Mold reproduces through small spores that cannot be seen without assistance. These spores travel by floating through the air. Because mold thrives on wet surfaces, once it comes into contact with one whether indoors or out it will start reproducing further, latching on. This mold requires moisture to survive. While useful outside the home, when it comes inside these spores are harmful.

Mold and Your Health

In general, mold will not cause health problems unless indoors. The contained air will more directly affect you. Mold will not grow inside unless it has the conditions to do so. It requires a warm damp spot, such as under a leaky sink or in a basement where proper ventilation is not employed. Once growing some types of molds have the potential to cause health problems.

Allergens and irritants produced by mold are some of the most common concerns, however, sometimes potentially toxic substances can also be produced. These dangers can be passed by touching or even inhaling mold spores, making them particularly dangerous to clean.

The negative reaction upon coming into contact with mold can vary greatly. It can happen immediately following the encounter, or some time after. Some of the most common reactions include runny nose, sneezing, skin rash, and red eyes. In addition to this asthma attacks may be triggered by mold. For those who already have breathing problems, keeping mold out of the home becomes even more imperative.

Keep mold out of your home. It is important to identify a mold growth before it has the chance to progress too far. Check back later with our blog to see some Super Restoration tips on preventing mold growth in your home.