Health Effects of Mold

The affect mold will have on each individual is determined by many factors including length of exposure time, concentration of exposure, immune function, and even age. Some common symptoms related to mold exposure. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of mold than others. Additional serious and even life-threatening symptoms:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Asthma attacks
  • Increased number and severity of colds and flu
  • Sinus infections
  • Constant headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chronic respiratory infections
  • Memory problems
  • Hair loss
  • Rashes or sores on your skin
  • Inflammation of the ear
  • Bleeding lungs
  • Nose bleeds
  • Memory loss
  • Arthralgia (joint pain)

What is Mold?

Mold is a member of fungi family that exists virtually everywhere, both outside and in your home, usually with no harmful health affects. Outdoors, mold plays the critical role of breaking down organic matter like fallen leaves and dead trees. However, if there is any source of uncontrolled moisture in your home, mold can begin to colonize and cause serious health problems to you and your family. A slab leak in your foundation

Where Can Mold Grow?

Mold can grow on any organic or porous material in your home including:

  • Drywall
  • Wood
  • Plaster
  • Carpeting
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Upholstery
  • Leather
  • Brick or concrete

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What Causes Mold in my Home?

In order for mold to begin to grow in a home it needs moisture, warmth, a food source, and time (mold can begin to grow in 24-48 hours.) Common causes of mold growth in your home include:

  • Water damage from a flood, broken water pipe, hot water heater leak, ice-maker water supply line break, or toilet overflow that was not repaired in a timely manner
  • A window, sliding door or roof leak
  • Not venting your clothes dryer to the outside
  • Steam from cooking
  • An indoor clothes line
  • Inadequate use of air conditioning
  • Condensation
  • Clutter
  • Slab leak

How do I Know if I Have a Mold Problem?

You may notice a musty odor. You may be experiencing allergic-type symptoms like those in this side-bar. Perhaps you have noticed small areas of discoloration on furniture or walls that you thought was dirt. Peeling, bubbling or cracking paint or wallpaper are often signs of mold growth underneath, as is cupping or buckling hardwood floors or popping tiles. 

Why Do I Need a Professional Mold Remediator?

A visual inspection in your home can spot some mold growth, but many mold colonies are not easily visible. Common areas of hidden mold growth include behind drywall, under and behind cabinets, under flooring and behind kitchen and bathroom tiles. A professional mold remediator will determine and repair the source of moisture feeding the mold growth, identify any possible areas of mold colonization, and remediate all active mold growth and affected materials safely so as not to contaminate other areas within a home or building.

Only a few restoration companies, such as First Response, hold a contractor's license and can complete the repairs as well. We are part of that few restoration companies who hold a Certified General Contractor’s license in the state of Florida!