Health Effects Of Mold In The Home

Mold is a type of fungus that can be found growing in a variety of places that have moisture. It is most commonly seen on food that has not been properly preserved. It will usually be white or green, with a fuzzy or dusty appearance, which makes it easy to spot. Fruits and vegetables are particularly susceptible to mold, so it is important to regularly check for mold, even if the items have been refrigerated, since refrigeration will only slow down the growth of mold, rather than stop it entirely.

However, mold can grow anywhere in the home where moisture accumulates. This means that it can be found on walls, in ceilings, inside air conditioning units, and in rugs and carpeting. The latter is probably the most difficult place to locate mold, as it often grows in the padding underneath the carpeting, where it cannot be seen by the naked eye. Nevertheless, it may have serious health consequences for both humans and pets.

What Are The Health Hazards Of Exposure To mold In The Home?

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), symptoms in response to household molds can widely vary, depending upon an individual person’s sensitivity to mold. It can cause sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, stuffy nose, skin rashes, or wheezing. People with allergies may have more severe versions of these symptoms. Those people who may be immuno-compromised, such as transplant patients, or who have chronic lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), may actually develop lung infections as a result of mold exposure. Some research has even found a link between certain types of mold and a variety of neurological symptoms, including difficulty balancing, severe headaches, and memory loss.

What Methods Can Be Used To Rid The Home Of mold In The Carpet?

Obviously, the simplest solution is to remove the carpeting entirely, including the underlying padding. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily a viable option for many homeowners or renters. In such cases, a DIY cleaning can be used.

Before cleaning moldy carpeting, the source of the mold must be identified and corrected. If this is not done first, the mold will simply just grow back. The source must either be removed or thoroughly cleaned with an anti-fungal agent.

Once the source has been identified and either removed or cleaned, the affected room should be tightly sealed off from the rest of the house. This will prevent any mold spores from making their way into the air-conditioning/heating system vents and circulating to other rooms in the house.

The moldy rug should then be thoroughly cleaned with an anti-fungal agent that both cleans the mold and stops regrowth. A hepa-filter air purifier should be run in the room after cleaning and removing mold to catch any remaining mold spores that may be floating in the air.

In severe cases of carpet mold (generally any area larger than 10 feet by 10 feet), professional cleaners should be called in. All American Carpet & Tile uses a special solution that is designed to not only clean mold from large areas of carpeting, but will also prevent any mold regrowth. Furthermore, it only uses “green” products that are safe for families and pets.

Mold in carpeting can cause serious health issues. However, it is possible to both remove existing mold and prevent regrowth so that you and your family and pets will be healthier and happier.

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