5 Things You Need to Know About Mold
Mold can be devastating to the health of your home and family. If you think you might be dealing with a mold problem, it's important to know what you're dealing with and to work closely with a mold specialist to intervene and handle the problem.
Here are 5 things you need to know about mold:
#1- Mold is naturally present in every home.
Most people dealing with toxic mold problems believe that the goal is to get rid of mold. You won't ever get rid of mold. Why? Mold is naturally present in every environment. When you're dealing with toxic mold, the goal isn't to get rid of mold. The goal is to assess the mold types and count in your home, decide whether you're dealing with above average levels of toxigenic mold, and create a plan for improving the indoor air quality of your home.
#2- Mold doesn't have to be toxigenic to cause negative health effects.
One of the things that makes mold a complicated matter is the fact that toxic mold can affect different members of your household differently... and the symptoms can vary dramatically. From coughing to depression, mold sickness symptoms vary... and those symptoms could appear even in situations where you don't have toxic mold present. Some people are allergic to different strains of mold. This is why it's critical that you get your home tested for mold. A mold test will result in a report that will break down the different mold types and counts in your home.
#3- Mold affects pets.
When it comes to mold sickness, most people think of the occupants in their home. Your pets can also be negatively impacted by mold. It's important to pay attention to the symptoms occurring in your pets as well.
#4- Mold sickness shows differently in different people.
Some people will respond with flu-like symptoms. Other people will experience headaches and a rash. The list of mold symptoms is pretty long so it's important to be aware of the variety of symptoms and pay close attention to when anyone in your household is experiencing these symptoms.
#5- Many auto-immune disorders can be correlated to mold exposure.
There are so many blogs and stories from mold survivors who walk readers through a timeline of their symptoms. Reading and hearing their stories, it becomes pretty clear: there's a connection between mold exposure and auto-immune disorders. If you have an auto-immune disorder and concerns about mold in your home, be sure to see your physician to discuss your mold sickness concerns.