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health issues caused by mold

No one likes the musty odor that comes from the mold in your home, but did you know that mold can also make you and your family and pets sick? There are many health issues related to mold exposure but the good news is there is something you can do about it. But first, let’s go over some of the illnesses that are associated with mold and mildew in your home.

 

From Watery Eyes to Cancer

Not everyone is allergic to mold, and those that are can experience side effects ranging from red and watery eyes to cancer and other very serious conditions. There are studies that have shown people affected by mold and mildew may suffer from throat and lung problems, hearing loss, liver problems, ulcers, blisters, and joint pain. Other people may report chest pain, hormonal problems, chronic headaches, and respiratory problems.

These symptoms can range in severity depending on many factors, such as age, prior illnesses, or autoimmune deficiencies. The young and the elderly can have more problems when dealing with mold than a healthy adult.

Signs of Mold in Your Home

It is important to protect your family and mold and mildew is just one more thing to look out for. You can keep an eye out for a few things.

Musty Odors

This is a big red flag and the one that can cause the most problems. The musty odor is a waste product of mold and this is can cause the most health problems for people and pets. 50-60% of the air we breathe in our homes comes from the basement or crawl space, so it’s important to keep those areas dry and mold-free.

Increase in Feeling Ill

If you or your family members seem to be constantly showing flu-like symptoms, experiencing headaches, or feeling lethargic, there may be a mold problem in your home.

Feel Better When You’re Away

Do your symptoms seem to go away when you go on vacation or stay somewhere other than home? The rejuvenated feeling may be more than just being on vacation, you may not be exposed to mold which was making you feel fatigued or under the weather.

Get an Inspection

Mold loves a wet environment and basements in the Maryland and DC area are notorious for this. In addition to the symptoms described above, there are other things to think about when trying to decide if you need a mold inspection. If your home is over 10 years old and your vapor barrier has not been serviced, you should schedule a mold inspection and an Indoor Air Quality Test.

Other things that may cause you to want to have an inspection includes flooding, a sump pump failure, or cracks in your foundation. American Home Services has licensed and certified mold inspectors that can come to your home get you on the path to a healthy home.

Contact us today to learn more about health issues caused by mold and to schedule a mold inspection.

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