Mold in Your Home?

Should you be concerned about the mold in your home?Mold in Your Home?

During the winter months, it’s not unusual to see the growth of mold in some areas of your home.  While mold growth is unsightly and annoying, is it also dangerous?  Read on to learn whether mold threatens your health and what you should do to prevent mold growth in your home.

Is mold dangerous?

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), exposure to mold is not always dangerous.  However, this does not mean that mold growth should be ignored.  While mold may not be harmful to everyone, mold can produce allergens, irritants, and mycotoxins (potentially toxic substances) that can affect individuals particularly sensitive to air quality.  Additionally, even those without a mold allergy could experience irritation of the eyes, lungs, nose, skin, and throat as a result of mold exposure.  Finally, those with breathing problems, such as asthma, might be triggered by the presence of mold and could experience difficulty breathing.

How can I prevent mold?

The best way to prevent the growth of mold is by controlling moisture levels in your home.  For instance, if you notice a leak in your home, it’s important to act quickly to staunch the flow of water.  Additionally, it’s important to ensure that the affected areas are dried completely.  It’s also important to regulate your home’s humidity.  Keeping your home closed up tight can trap moisture inside.  Crack a window to let moisture escape and prevent mold growth.

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