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Health Issues Mold Can Cause

MoldMold is all around us. It’s in the air and on surfaces. When there’s a lot of it, growing on a surface such as a wall in a person’s home, it’s typically black, blue or green, and not good for you.

Mold grows where there is moisture. Many people with basements end up with moldy basements if they don’t use a dehumidifier. Such can be said about any room in a home. Indeed, controlling humidity levels so they don’t rise over 50% in the home can help keep mold from taking over a room. Good ventilation for shower, laundry and cooking areas also helps. Repairing any leaky faucets, pipes or windows is also a good idea to prevent out-of-control mold growth.

What are some health issues that mold can cause? For some people, too much mold around leads to all sorts of respiratory problems, like nasal stuffiness, sore throats, coughing, and wheezing. Ear and skin problems can occur too. It has been suggested that early mold exposure may contribute toward the development of asthma in children.

Mold isn’t just on damp walls. It can be found in carpet, on fabric and upholstery. It grows on cardboard, paper, wood and even ceiling tiles. If and when a house gets flooded, if the water isn’t removed quickly (within 24-48 hours) and the rooms aren’t dried out properly, a mold problem can easily occur. Removing mold typically involves a combination of soap, water and bleach. Note: bleach should never be mixed with ammonia– that causes toxic fumes.

Babcock Home Inspections may be best known for termite inspections around San Antonio and New Braunfels, but inspectors can also look for mold in your Texas home. When you buy or sell a home, it’s a smart idea to have a home inspector check it over for any problems such as mold. Call 210-325-2106 or email raybabcock55@hotmail.com for more information.

Written by Ray Babcock

Ray Babcock

Ray Babcock is the owner of Babcock Home Inspections in San Antonio, Texas. They are dedicated to highest quality in Home Inspections & Termite Control within the San Antonio area.

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