Mold is an organism that can be found almost anywhere on Earth. For the most part, mold is harmless, especially in dry conditions where it cannot spread and grow. However, when it enters a moist or humid atmosphere, one that is protected from the outside elements, it can grow and start to consume the organic materials inside. Left unchecked, the spores from the mold will spread out to the rest of the home or building, causing even more damage and affecting the health of those who live or work inside.
Unfortunately, most of the symptoms associated with mold exposure are also associated with many types of upper respiratory allergies. However, if there are large numbers of mold spores in the home or building, then usually more than one person will exhibit the same symptoms which may include the following:
- Runny Nose
- Post Nasal Drip
- Itchy Nose, Throat, and Eyes
- Dry Skin
In rare cases, some people experience more severe reactions that include hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and mold-induced asthma. Such incidents are rare, but may indicate a very high presence of mold.
Identifying Mold as the Cause
Once mold has been ruled as the source of the symptoms and they are persistent, the next step is to search for the source. You should conduct an inspection of your home and look for areas that are prone to being humid, such as near the water heater, air conditioner, and pipes. Also any cracks or openings that might allow moisture to come in.
Business owners will need to do the same if their employees are suffering from mold-related allergies. The sooner that a mold infestation is detected, the easier it is to remove it from the home or building. The longer the mold stays inside and grows, the costlier repair will be as materials will have to be replaced and in rare cases the home or building may be condemned.
If you suspect that your home or workplace has mold, you should contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. They offer top-flight inspection, identification, and removal service of mold. Their experts have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to properly and safely remove the mold and repair or replace the damage it has caused. Call today and find out more about the services that Brickley Environmental offers!