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Hidden Risks of Mold Exposure

The Hidden Dangers Of Mold In Your Home

A few years ago Maxine Gomez, founder of Dry Tech 24/7 Inc., experienced persistent allergies, an unexplained lingering fatigue and a cough that wouldn’t subside. What started with bouts of strange, unexpected minor symptoms, only seem to get worse with time. At first she attributed it to all the usual suspects like seasonal changes, Maxine couldn’t quite point out the actual cause; after testing her body she came to an ironic conclusion, these lab tests confirmed it was: MOLD EXPOSURE.

Mold is a common issue in many homes, often lurking in damp and poorly ventilated areas. While it is natural and in normal circumstances might seem harmless, mold can pose significant dangers to both your health and your property. 

Understanding Mold Exposure

There are various kinds of molds, there are specific types of fungus that thrive in damp and humid environments and can grow to throw the interior ecosystem out of balance. When mold spores are released into the air, they can be inhaled, leading to various health issues. For individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma, mold exposure can trigger asthma attacks. Even those without preexisting conditions can experience symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and throat irritation from mold exposure.  In some cases mold symptoms can present as brain fog, weight gain, or even fatigue.  

 

Health Risks of Mold Exposure

One of the most concerning aspects of mold is its impact potential on your health. Mold spores can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Prolonged exposure to mold has also been linked to more severe health issues, including respiratory infections and lung inflammation, even neurological. Defining mold illness is challenging, and the progression from household mold growth to severe, long-lasting health issues is complex.

 

Property Damage and Structural Integrity

Beyond health concerns, mold can also cause significant damage to your property. Mold growth can weaken the structure of your home over time, leading to costly repairs. Additionally, mold can damage your belongings, such as furniture, clothing, and electronics, requiring them to be replaced.  The concept of Indoor Air Quality is fairly new and has become even more common with the modern use of cooling and heating in interior spaces.  

Property damage by Mold

Identifying and Preventing Mold Growth

To protect your health and property, it’s important to be proactive in identifying and preventing mold growth. Here are some key steps you can take:

 

  • Constantly inspect your house, car and workplaces for Mold: Take a walk around the exterior of your property, look for areas where the property could benefit from some maintenance or areas where air or water could get through.  Do the same inside.  Mold can thrive in hidden corners, behind walls, and in damp areas, posing serious health risks and damaging property. By conducting routine checks, you can detect mold early, preventing its spread and potential health hazards. Inspect areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, basements, and kitchens, as well as any areas affected by water leaks or flooding. Book a free discovery call with Dry Tech 24/7 Inc., today or get a Mold at-home test kit www.gotmold.com [Code DryTech24710]
  • Keep humidity levels in check: Use a dehumidifier to maintain humidity levels below 40-60%. In warmer climates should average around 55%
  • Address water leaks promptly: Fix any leaks in your plumbing or roof to prevent moisture buildup.  Damp clothes and towels should be stored dry and cleaned weekly.  
  • Improve ventilation: Ensure that your home is properly ventilated, especially in areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Invest in air filters and purifiers to improve indoor air quality and reduce mold spores in your home.Tru Filtered Air PurifiersBLS Air Purifiers
  • Clean and dry water-damaged areas: If your home experiences water damage, clean and dry the affected areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

 

If you discover mold in your home, it’s crucial to address it promptly. Mold remediation should be done carefully to avoid spreading mold spores. Consider hiring a professional mold remediation service to ensure the job is done safely and effectively.

 

Mold is not just a cosmetic issue; it can have serious health and property consequences. By understanding its dangers and taking proactive steps to prevent and address mold issues, you can protect yourself and your home from the harmful effects of mold exposure.

 

In many cases, the majority of non-catastrophic, residential cases we see can benefit from a simple cleaning of the HVAC system, handler, ducts, and coils, and a micro cleaning of the interior.  After a sanitization or remediation one of the easiest ways to prevent mold is by keeping areas sanitized and filters changed as necessary.  

 

If you have suffered any symptoms, often these subside after you are no longer being exposed. To be sure and to be treated for mold one must have either urine or blood work lab results

 

At Dry Tech 24/7 Inc., we believe you deserve the right to breathe clean air. 

 

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Dry Tech 24/7 Inc is changing gears.

All assessments, trainings, and consults will now be done by the MitChik.

For all of you assessment and restoration needs, please note that you can now reach us at: Maxine@mitchik.com | www.mitchik.com

Maxine has been teaching mold remediation since 2016 and brings her knowledge to you.

Don’t fret, The MitChik can still assist with your restoration projects but the name is now ASAP Restoration.