Good home health is essential to the physical and mental well-being of you and your family. Air quality is an important factor to pay attention to when it comes to protecting your health from potential hazards that exist in the home. Mold is one such hazard, and can lead to serious health conditions if not addressed. Here’s what you need to know about mold, indoor air quality, and how these affect your health:
Mold Can Cause a Variety of Health Problems
Mold exposure leads to a range of respiratory issues, including difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, coughing, throat irritation, nasal congestion, sneezing, and even fever. Additionally, prolonged exposure or an immediate allergic reaction can trigger skin rashes and itchy eyes. In some cases more severe reactions have been reported as well.
It’s Important to Identify Sources of Mold
Mold spores are everywhere—naturally occurring in the environment—but mold growth only occurs indoors when moisture is present. Such places might include bathrooms with frequent water use; kitchen surfaces like cabinets, drawers; ductwork; carpet covered areas; around windows with condensation build-up; etc. So it’s important to identify each source inside the house so you can take appropriate action and avoid any further spread of the mold.
Eliminate Excess Moisture Where Possible
The key action that needs taking in order to limit any kind of mold development within a house is reducing all sources moisture which can create or enhance existing mold problems .You should ensure ventilation is acceptable throughout the house so that proper airflow takes place through natural means or through external components such as dehumidifiers . Additionally any water damage brought on by leaks should be monitored instantly in order for early detection so remediation work can commence quickly before too much damage has ensued
Test Your Indoor Air Quality Regularly
Finally, it’s suggested for homeowners conduct regular checks on their indoor air quality using specific testing equipment. The testing process will help identify any excessive levels of hidden contaminants including airborne fungi, dust mites, pollen, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), and other harmful materials which may affect ones wellbeing over time as well as provide insight into mold development before its even visible.