What are the Effects and Impacts of Mold?
Mold is everywhere, but when mold accumulates on the inside, it becomes a problem. These problems can range from property damage to ill health of occupants.
Mold requires a wet or damp surface to grow. As mold grows, they digest whatever they grow on. It can be any wooden material, clothing, books, ceiling tiles, drapes and many more. Once these items are infested with mold growth, remediation protocols would advise for the disposal of these items, and that can be costly.
Apart from structural and cosmetic damage, mold growth can negatively impact human health, depending on the type of mold, susceptibility of an individual and the length of time spent in an affected area. Because mold produce allergens, irritants and potential toxic substances, prolonged exposure to mold can cause chronic health problems, like asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and even cancer.
Symptoms of mold can vary. Some of these include:
Headaches, Fatigue and weakness, depression, Memory problems, focusing issues, Light sensitivity, Itchy & red eyes
Respiratory symptoms like Sinusitis, Coughing, Shortness of breath, Asthma-like signs, Runny nose, Itchy throat and that list can go on and on
The thing is, If you notice some of these symptoms, it could be that your space is compromised and If mold is visible, PLEASE get professionals to help you deal with the mold problem. If mold is not visible, yet these symptoms persist, my advice is to get it tested.