8 Effects Mold Has On Your Health

Industry Observer

Mold is a common component of a household or workplace dust, however, if it gathers in large amounts, it can be extremely hazardous. Many times, mold can live within a home for a long time and it will not be noticed until it comes through the wall. Mold can live anywhere in your home, especially places with a lot of moisture, for example, it can gather around leaks or cardboard or around ceiling tiles. Mold can also grow in dust, drywall, and even carpet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can also be attached to your clothes if the mold is in the air. This is important to note especially if you work at a construction site that has had mold, you can carry it back to your home from your shoes or other clothing.

Legal Repercussions

If mold is found in your home or rental property, because of the effects it has on the people around it, it could lead to a legal battle. Mold can affect people differently, therefore, a lawsuit could be filed if the people living in your property become sick. According to personal injury attorneys, landlords could be sued for several damages and even punitive damages if no action was taken to fix the problem.

How Can You Detect Mold

Small amounts of mold are hard to spot, but when there is a large infestation, it can be seen or smelled. Because it can be hard to detect, you can also run a test on places where you believe mold is growing. Sometimes it can also look like dirt, but to run a test, all you have to do is dip a  swab in diluted bleach and touch the alleged mold. If the spot lightens quickly or comes back after you've cleaned it, you might be looking at mold. 

8 Effects on Your Body or Health

Sensitivity to mold is very common and many of the signs start with allergy types of symptoms. You may think its just the season but if they persist, you need to take a look around your home for any places that could be developing mold. Those with asthma may have more severe symptoms. The severity of the signs do depend on the person and their sensitivity to mold. It may be common to see only one person in your household suffering from these symptoms. 

  1. Stuffy nose
  2. Sneezing
  3. Itchy eyes
  4. Wheezing
  5. Shortness of Breath
  6. Fever
  7. Rashes
  8. Sinusitis

How to Protect Yourself

You can control mold around your home by inspecting anything that might show evidence of water damage. You should also make sure there is routine maintenance being done. If you are renting the property to tenants, this is particularly important, because you want to make sure your tenants are safe and that you respond to any maintenance call. If you are living in your home, you should be controlling humidity levels, in the shower, for example, fixing any leaky roofs, windows, and pipes, cleaning and drying thoroughly after a flood (no matter how small it is), and finally making sure there is ventilation in your shower, laundry and cooking areas.