What Are the Health Risks of Mold in Your House?

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Moldy and musty odors indoors are always unpleasant, but should you be alarmed if you spot mold in your house?

Mold spores exist everywhere both inside and outside. Some individuals experience severe reactions to mold while others may only suffer mild symptoms.

If you’re experiencing symptoms, there are steps you can take to identify and control your exposure to mold. Find out about the mold health risks and what to do if you suspect there’s mold growing in your home.

Where to Find Mold Inside the Home

Mold spores make their way inside through the air, on people, or on objects. Mold pollutes your air quality causing irritation and even triggering allergic reactions.

But how do you find mold in the house?

In some cases, you can see or smell mold. Damp and dark spaces like basements or bathrooms can smell musty and unpleasant.

In addition to the smell, look for discolored spots on walls and floors. The best places to look for mold are the shower or bathtub, sink, toilet, floor, and ceiling.

Like the bathroom, basements are prime locations for mold to grow. Any damp and dark area is a breeding ground for mold. Learning more about mold and mold prevention keeps your home cleaner.

The Impact of Mold Exposure on Your Health

Exposure to mold can cause mild or severe health issues. Individuals with asthma or those sensitive to allergens should avoid moldy environments. People with mold sensitivities might experience more severe reactions to mold spores.

Anyone with mold allergies, a compromised immune system, or individuals with lung diseases should limit their exposure to mold.

Common symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Nose bleeds

Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Some individuals such as asthma sufferers may experience more severe reactions.

Rarer symptoms linked to long-term exposure include:

  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty breathing

Although rare, you should have your home tested for mold or see a doctor if you experience these symptoms.

What to Do If You Find Mold in Your House

What should you do if you suspect or find mold in your home?

The first step is to identify the type of mold you think might be in your house. Read more now about how to identify mold types and symptoms.

If you can’t see the signs but you suspect your home has mold, buy a mold test kit. Most test kits tell you how to spot mold and where the best places are to take samples.

How to Reduce Mold in Your House

There are precautions you can take to reduce mold in your house. Talk to a mold specialist and keep humidity levels low. Use a dehumidifier in areas like the basement and aim for 50 percent humidity or lower.

Use an exhaust fan in the bathroom and use mold-killing cleaners. Replace water-damaged carpeting or flooring exposed to flooding or excess moisture.

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