How does Mold get into our houses? Do you have water stains in your ceiings? Musty odor? Water intrusion? Water leaks? Are you getting sick in your home?
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Large patches of damp, such as those caused by leaks, provide an ideal environment for mold growth.
Mold spores, invisible to the naked eye, can be found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Spores make their way into the home either through the air or after attaching to objects or people. Open windows, doorways and ventilation systems are all gateways through which spores can enter. Clothing, shoes and pets can all facilitate the arrival of mold within the home. Mold will only grow if spores land somewhere that has the ideal conditions for growing - places with excessive moisture and a supply of suitable nutrients. If this does not happen, molds do not normally cause any problem at all.
Mold can often be found in areas where leakages and flooding have occurred and near windows where condensation builds up. Wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth, including paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products. Wallpaper, insulation materials and upholstery are other typical launch pads for mold growth. Mold growth is usually noticeable - it is usually visible and often produces a musty odor. The World Health Organization (WHO) report that 10-50% of indoor environments in Europe, North America, Australia, India and Japan are estimated to be affected by indoor dampness. This figure suggests that mold could be a highly prevalent issue in locations spread across the world.
In North America, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) state that "if mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem." But do the EPA recommend dealing with mold swiftly because of the damage it can do to property? Or because of the damage it could do to health?
Potential effects of mold on health
"Mold exposure does not always present a health problem indoors," state the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "However some people are sensitive to molds." Meanwhile, the WHO say that a moldy environment is associated with and could worsen indoor air pollution - a risk factor for certain respiratory conditions:
"Excess moisture on almost all indoor materials leads to growth of microbes, such as mold, fungi and bacteria, which subsequently emit spores, cells, fragments and volatile organic compounds into indoor air. Moreover, dampness initiates chemical or biological degradation of materials, which also pollutes indoor air."
Molds can produce a number of substances that can be harmful. Allergens, irritants and mycotoxins - potentially toxic substances - can affect individuals who are particularly sensitive to them. In particular, the EPA state that exposure to molds can irritate the eyes, lungs, nose, skin and throats of individuals, even if they do not have a mold allergy. Mold allergies produce similar symptoms to other allergies to airborne substances affecting the upper respiratory tract, such as pollinosis. These include:
1: Blocked /Runny nose
2: Itchy nose
3: Itchy throat
5: Watery eyes.
In addition, people with a mold allergy that also have asthma are at an increased risk of having their asthma symptoms triggered by a moldy environment, according to the CDC.
However, Prof. Stephen Spiro, the deputy chairman of the British Lung Foundation in the UK, informed MNT that the presence of indoor mold can go further than simply exacerbating pre-existing conditions:
"Certain mold species can cause serious lung infections and scarring. For instance, in some asthmatics, inhaling the spores of a species of mold called aspergillus can lead to a condition called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, which can impact on the breathing."
Individuals whose immune and respiratory systems are already weakened by chronic conditions would appear to be more susceptible to adverse effects from indoor mold. Prof. Spiro also told MNT that among patients with certain blood disorders, inhaling mold could even lead to fatal complications.
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