Winter in the South this year appears to be nearly over. People are getting out into their yards, planting flowers and gardens, and enjoying the sunshine; however, for some the season change brings something not at all pleasant. It brings asthma and allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one of every five people in the United States will be struck by asthma or allergies. The group also states that of the 20 million Americans who have asthma, fifty percent of them have asthma that is related to allergies. For some it may seem that the only safe place for escaping allergic triggers may be to take refuge indoors. It is a nice thought though, assuming that you could convince your boss to continue paying your bills that is, if one of the worst allergic triggers wasn’t located indoors as well. Besides all the personal suffering that’s involved with these breathing problems, there are also the problems of missed school or work, visits to the doctor or hospital, and expensive medical bills.
One very common substance that can be removed from the walls and air within a structure is mold. Unless you live in an operating room, or some other facility with a top of the line ventilation system, you are probably living with some form/level of mold. Where there is water or moisture in the air consistently (leaky water pipes), there is also the extremely high chance that mold can begin growing.
In a study done by Cardiff University in the UK, homes in Wales were tested to see the effects of removing mold from the walls and air. One half of the sample was treated to remove the mold immediately, and the other half of the sample had the treatment delayed by twelve months. Although the study could not prove that the mold caused the asthma, it did prove that the health of the fifty percent who received immediate remediation improved. There was less dependence on inhalers, and some of the symptoms of asthma disappeared or became milder in the homes receiving treatment.
If you or those in your family or business have asthma or seasonal allergies, it would certainly be worth your time to have a mold inspection done. If you have allergies that seem to persist year round, there is a good chance that mold could be your problem. To be sure that the entire structure has been tested correctly, you should seek the help of a reputable company that offers guaranteed services by certified technicians. This is assuming of course that you can’t see the mold yourself. Even in a situation where you know that mold is the culprit, it is still wise to receive a mold inspection as it will leave you with what is called a protocol. In other words, it is that company’s recommendation for fixing the mold problem that your insurance company will almost always ask for before assisting you financially in solving your home crisis woes!