Why Mold and Mildew in your Attic is Dangerous to your Health
Mold and mildew infestation is not only bad smelling but also detrimental to your health. Mold requires moisture and nutrients to grow. Once grown, it can turn brown, gray, brown, green or yellow. The moisture generally comes from leaks and condensation while the nutrients, on the other hand, come from dirt, dust and from the sheathing itself. When formed, it can cause major health problems.
Health risks from mold and mildew
The spores from mold can cause serious health effects such as;
Exposure to a moldy environment is a major trigger for reactions in response to your immune system’s rejection of mold spores. When you breathe in the airborne spores, the immune system recognizes them as foreign invaders and therefore releases antibodies to fight them off. A cough links the indoor mold exposure to respiratory track issues such as a runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and itchy throat. It is important to remove all the fungi from your house and prevent them from ever returning in the future. Due to the increased exposure to health risks, involve professionals in handling the problem.
Mold exposure from your house can cause severe headaches. This is in one specific way, whereby if you are allergic to mold, it provokes the nasal allergies and sinus inflammation. The chronic sinus congestion can lead to severe headaches.
3. Digestive problems
Exposure to household mold can lead to gastrointestinal problems like nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, intestinal tract bleeding, and bacteria and yeast infections. These problems are mostly likely to arise if the mold is ingested such as when you eat spoiled food. However, the same problem can be experienced when the mycotoxins produced by the mold are absorbed through the skin. Most often these problems are experienced by people exposed to mold in their own homes.
To prevent exposure to mold, you have to get all the traces of it removed from your home. Scheduling an appointment with a professional for expert assistance and removal of the mold from your home is all you require. Attic Cleaning and Inspection is necessary to prevent leaks and the formation of mold. Even if you decide to do the work on your own, professional guidance and advice is needed to help keep you and your family safe.
If you live in the Bay Area, you can benefit from priceless advice and services from Element Home Solutions for attic/crawl space cleaning, attic/crawl space insulation, and air duct cleaning.
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