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Mold and your Indoor Air Quality

Mold and your Indoor Air Quality

Mold and your Indoor Air Quality

Most of us spend the majority of our day inside. This makes the 3,000 breaths we take on an average day even more vulnerable to airborne contaminants, such as Mold. Contaminants like this can cause indoor air to be up to five times more polluted than outdoors.

Moisture is a common source of indoor air pollution, as it can lead to mold growth. Warm and damp conditions inside your home help mold to grow, resulting in mold in indoor air. When disturbed or present in heavy amounts, Mold can release airborne spores. This compromises indoor air quality and could lead to an abundance of health issues.

In modern buildings, excess moisture could be the result of:

  • flooding
  • leaks in the roof or plumbing
  • sealed building that do not allow excess moisture to escape
  • excess humidity

    Although the presence of mold does not always means that health problems will occur, for some people inhalation can lead to health problems or make certain health conditions worse.

    Many types of molds create Mycotoxins, which are essentially by-products that have been identified as being toxic to humans. These toxins can slowly wear down the immune system and can lead to allergic or respiratory problems.

    Common symptoms include:

  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • eye irritation
  • fatigue
  • cough or congestion
  • aggravation of asthma
  • headaches
  • difficulty concentrating

    Molds can also aggravate allergy symptoms, including: wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, as well as nasal congestion and eye irritation.

    While not all molds are as dangerous as others, many government agencies have identified that being able to identify what type of mold may be growing in the building, it is not necessary to identify the type(s) present. All molds should be treated the same in terms of health risk and removal.

    Improving the quality of indoor air is vital for human health. A number of worldwide government agencies name source control as the best strategy to reduce indoor air pollution and limit exposure to contaminants such as mold, by utilizing remediation strategies.

    The goal of a mold remediation is to safely kill and remove the mold without cross-contaminating the rest of your home or office. Contact Elemental Restoration to book your free assessment, and let us help increase your air quality.