There is a lot of talk across the country about mold and more than ever people are beginning to understand that living with mold in an indoor environment is not healthy. Recently, we worked on a project for mold remediation in Rockville, Maryland. A family member called and indicated that several family members have been feeling sick. Further questioning revealed that their basement had flooded during the large storm this past fall but the homeowner’s removed the water that same day and they felt like the drywall in the basement and the carpet was able to dry the next day. This was actually the third time in two years that there was water that made its way into the basement but the homeowners reported that each time they were able to dry out the basement quickly. They had no idea that mold was growing on the drywall within the wall cavity. Mold growth can begin in the wall cavity where there is no ventilation and there fore no way to allow the drywall and insulation to dry quickly. If your basement floods, its a good ideal to have mold professional take a look.
When it comes to mold, people react differently to mold exposure and there some common symptoms. Regardless of how you tolerate it, it’s not healthy to ignore mold in the home.
The CDC has compiled a list of symptoms that can be linked to mold:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Throat irritation
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
More severe symptoms (usually affect those with mold allergies and immune-compromised conditions:
- Severe upper respiratory infections
- Life threatening lung infections
Contact your doctor right away if you see a pattern for developing any of the mild symptoms. For the more severe, take immediate action and get to a hospital. The next step is contacting your local mold remediation company. There’s no time to waste when yours or your family’s health could be jeopardized. Some potential mold problems are small and can be taken care quickly and cost effectively. So don’t wait if you have had water intrusion in your home or if you suspect you might have mold.
Here’s some helpful tips to prevent mold from growing in your home.
- Control humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifies
- Fix leaky roofs, pipes and windows
- Thoroughly clean and dry areas affected by a flood (and call a professional mold company to assess the situation!)
- Keep shower, laundry and cooking areas dry and replace or remodel these areas as needed to ensure water is not leaking into the walls/floors.
(Source – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm)