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The Effects of Household Mold and Mildew on Your Health

Mold and Mildew

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Slimy black spots on your shower curtain and fuzzy white patches on the walls and floor are sure signs of mold in your home. But, did you know that mold can be black, white, orange, green, or purple? It can grow on walls, floors, appliances, carpets, and furniture; all it needs is moisture to grow. Mildew also lets its presence be known in more ways than one. Plus, it only takes 24 to 48 hours of a surface being exposed to water for mildew to appear. Both mold and mildew can affect your health in serious ways.

Mold and mildew poisoning can easily go unnoticed or be mistaken for other health conditions. If you have allergies or asthma, these two components can do more harm than you realize. Even for a healthy individual, exposure to mold can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. People more sensitive to mold and mildew are infants and children, the elderly, those whose immune systems are compromised, and people with chronic lung disease.

All molds have the potential to affect your health. The harm depends on the type of the mold, whether it produces toxins, and how long you have been exposed. Mildew can also present a serious health threat to people and animals susceptible to respiratory concerns.

The most common symptoms and health effects associated with mold and mildew are respiratory responses. However, some symptoms that are often mistaken for other conditions are:

  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating/poor memory
  • Joint pain
  • Skin sensations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus congestion
  • Throat irritation/wheezing

While some individuals may not be affected by mold at this moment, the EPA reports that repeated exposure to can cause sensitivity and health problems. It’s important to invest in a company who knows the process of mold remediation.

It’s impossible to get rid of all molds in your home. If you see mold, it’s important to clean it up correctly and fix the problems. However, mold remediation is not the same as mold removal. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal and keeping the molecules at natural levels. At Restoration Experts, we have proven methods to address your mold problems. We also have a mold remediation process proven to get results. And because mildew is not always visible, we also offer a mildew removal process.

If you suspect you may have mold and mildew, call Restoration Experts at 1-877-959-8662.