Preventing Mold Sickness

Preventing Mold Sickness

Mold is universally known as a nuisance. It gives off a foul odor, it diminishes the value of your home or business, and it is just appalling to look at. What many people don’t realize is that mold poses a serious health hazard. Not everyone is sensitive to mold, but those who are experience nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. More serious reactions can include shortness of breath and a fever. People who have chronic lung problems can sometimes develop mold infections in their lungs.

Tips for Preventing Mold Sickness

While there are no antibiotics to take for preventing mold sickness, there are ways in which you can diminish your potential exposure. The best way to prevent mold sickness is to steer clear of any areas that are likely to have mold. Areas such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas are at a high risk for mold infestation. In homes and businesses, areas in which moisture plays a factor is at risk. Mold thrives off of moisture and multiplies at a faster rate with the addition of it.

Mold growth can be slowed by controlling the level of humidity in your home with a dehumidifier and by ventilating shower areas and the kitchen. Any place where water is involved should be ventilated and dried properly. Try to steer clear of carpeted bathrooms and kitchens. The moisture latches onto the carpet and eventually turns into mold. If you find mold growing on a hard surface within your home, the faster you find and remove it, the better your chances of preventing mold sickness. Another preventative measure to take is one many people don’t think about: paint. When you are painting your home, be it inside or out, be sure to add mold inhibitors to the paint before applying it to your home. It’s a trick that’s easy to do and it helps prevent mold.

The key to preventing mold sickness is to keep your home well ventilated and dry. If you follow that one simple key, it diminishes your chance of getting a mold infestation and then, in turn, mold sickness. If you do happen to find yourself with a mold infestation, it is best to get it removed as soon as possible. MicroZyme Technologies has experts with the knowledge of safely removing your mold infestation.

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