Mold & Your Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10 million U.S. children under age 18 (14%) have ever been diagnosed with asthma; 6.8 million children still have asthma (9%). Did you know that mold exposure increases the risk for asthma in infants and children? Mold spores can spread to every corner of your house because of cross-contamination. Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. According to the EPA, studies show that mold odors in the home can increase the rates of asthma in children up to 2.5 times and exposure to mold during infancy is linked to the development of chronic inflammation of the lung airways. Some of the other more common health conditions mold causes are:
Mold removal is the second step of the remediation process. The first step is always finding and removing the causes of mold. Unless the causes are corrected, mold WILL return. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking they can solve a mold problem by cleaning and disinfecting areas of visible growth. They use popular bleach-based household cleaners that only wipe away surface mold while leaving behind the bio-slime that causes mold growth. (Bleach products DO NOT kill mold.) For those reasons, mold removal should never be attempted by a homeowner or handyman if the area is over 10 square feet. It is a job best performed by a certified mold professional. At Comprehensive Mold Management, we correct what caused the mold growth and then remove the mold. Once completed, we thoroughly HEPA-vacuum away the residual material, leaving the area clean and safe. All work is done in a confined, negative air pressure environment that prevents cross-contamination concerns. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. Please visit our Resources and Information page for more information.
We will come out to your home and conduct a full analysis, to determine if mold is present and the moisture source of the mold. Air quality testing and surface testing is also available for a more in-depth analysis.
Many of our customers who experienced health issues found the following article helpful: Medical Study on the link between mold and pneumonitis and bronchial asthma