Do you have mold in your home or business? Even if you think you don’t, the truth is that you might. Mold can hide in plain sight. Because of this, the surest way to know whether or not you have mold is through a mold inspection. If you’ve never had one before, now is the perfect time. Think mold is just a cosmetic issue? Think again. Mold is not just unsightly, it’s the cause of many health issues. Read on to learn more about what effects it can have on your health. If you’re experiencing any of these things, it could be an indication you need mold remediation services. Either way, a mold inspection is preventative as well as the first step.
1) Allergic Reactions
Mold can cause a variety of allergic reactions. In some individuals, reactions can be more severe. Reactions can range from wheezing, respiratory distress, runny nose, and skin inflammation. Severity of the allergic reaction depends on the overall health of the individual, the amount of mold present, and the kind of mold in the environment. People with underlying health conditions and autoimmune issues such as asthma are likely to be more severely affected. Some people are naturally more sensitive to the effects of mold than others.
2) Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
Sick Building Syndrome is a health disorder characterized by a variety of symptoms that affect everyone in the building. Usually, this syndrome is attributed to living and working spaces that have poor indoor air quality. If a building has persistent mold present, this can lead to SBS in the residents or employees of the affected building. In some cases, mold remediation can be part of the solution to transform the space to a non toxic environment, but a mold inspection is the first step to the remediation process.
3) Fungal Infection
Mold can cause immunocompromised individuals to contract fungal infections. Infections can start in the lungs, skin, or digestive tract. In fact, these infections can become systemic if left untreated. High levels of exposure to mold or chronic exposure to mold are the conditions under which a systemic fungal infection is most likely. A systemic fungal infection can be lethal, especially for those who already have compromised or sensitive immune systems. In order to prevent this, a mold inspection is necessary. Once mold is identified, it can be safely removed.
Molds produce mycotoxins. However, they only produce them when the conditions are conducive. When exposure levels are high enough, these compounds can be lethal to humans and other animals. There are many kinds of mycotoxins. The kind that’s most toxic to humans has been correlated with liver cancer and other illnesses. To be sure that there are no mycotoxins in your home, be sure to get a mold inspection. That way, any mold that’s detected can be removed. Mold remediation is essential for the health of your home.
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To keep your home healthy, contact us. At Shepherd’s Disaster Recovery and Remediation, we are your one stop shop for mold inspection, and mold removal. Contact us today by calling (650) 861-4995 or online. How can we help?