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Everyone wants a nice, safe home. Many do their best to cultivate an environment of safety and cleanliness in the home. There are some dangers that are fairly obvious but there are others that are much less so. Mold is one of those. Mold can be growing in your home without your knowledge or you may notice mold growing but it may not seem like a big deal. There may be much more to the issue than you realize and the only way to put a stop to the dangers the mold may present is by getting it removed. In White Plains, NY the humidity makes mold more prevalent to grow in your home.
Mold can cause damage to your home. Mold isn’t something you can nearly take a rag to and wipe off. Because of the purpose of mold in nature-to aid in decomposing dead material such as fallen leaves-mold will also start to decompose whatever material it is growing on in your home. Mold removal is possible and if action is taken soon enough, then the materials the mold was growing on may not have to be replaced. However, mold damage can get to the point where the damage is beyond repair and you simply have to get new drywall, carpet, or other material that may have been affected.
Secondly, and most importantly, mold can greatly affect your health. Mold can cause respiratory tract issues and symptoms such as a cough. There are people and certain populations that are more sensitive to mold. The elderly and young children in particular will be more greatly affected by exposure to mold. As well, those with underlying health conditions such as asthma or allergies may be more sensitive. The reactions that may occur are wheezing, coughing, stuffy nose, red and itchy eyes or skin, and in severe cases may even include a fever and shortness of breath. A mold free home creates a healthy space for your family to live in. It’s important that if you suspect mold growing in your home that you take care of it quickly.
The dangers of mold can vary depending on the case and severity however it’s best to avoid a mold situation entirely. So how do you keep mold out of your house?
Mold requires a moist, damp environment to grow. This fact helps us fix problems that may lead to the perfect growing ground for mold. For example, fix pipe leaks or other water appliance malfunctions promptly and make sure there is proper ventilation in the shower and laundry areas. In addition, controlling the humidity in your home is important. Keep the level of humidity as low as you can by having an air conditioner or a dehumidifier.
Oftentimes you know that you have mold in your house because you can see it. Other times, it can be growing without you even knowing about it. Pay attention to other clues such as a musty smell. Having the mold removed from your home quickly and correctly, so it doesn’t return, can prevent further endangering your home and health.