How Does Mould Start To Creep into Your Home?
Like an uninvited guest, you never know when mould creeps into your home. It’s just there and you’re left to deal with it. Just like guests, mould can take a lot of time to get removed from your home, but not only does it cost more to get rid of mould in your home can also be extremely detrimental to your health.
Exposure to mould on a long-term basis can negatively impact your health and make a huge impression on the quality of life you enjoy. In many cases, exposure to mould on a longer term basis has been linked to causing various illnesses, diseases and costing you a lot in terms of healthcare and to get it removed.
How Mould Can Impact Your Health?
Many people don’t realise the negative impact that mould can have on your health. In some cases, mould has also been related to the death of the individual. While mould exposure doesn’t always lead to death, it can do serious harm in other ways too. To truly understand how negatively mould can impact your health, you need to take a look at the following symptoms that are associated with mould exposure:
While you can be prone to migraines, you need to ensure that you are not experiencing headaches due to an indentified source. Many people often don’t think that their headaches are connected to mould exposure. However, if you are constantly getting headaches as soon as you are indoors in a certain area, it can be linked to the presence of mould.
Trouble in Mental Capacity
Exposure to mould, particularly black mould can also cause neurological damage and impact your mental capacities. It can make a huge difference in your ability to concentrate, focus and complete simple, metal tasks. Memory loss, fogginess, and inability to focus on something can be symptoms associated with toxic mould poisoning.
Fatigue and Cramping of Muscles
Sometimes, you can also experience a lot of fatigue and cramping in your muscles. Always be sure of what is causing it. Many people are usually quick to think that their muscle spasm as well as their fatigue is associated with a tiring day at their work. On the other hand, low magnesium levels in the body can also make cause fatigue and muscle spasms. If there is no other reason, it could be happening because of exposure to mould. It can cause increased fatigue and unexplained muscle spasms.
Slowness in Reflexes
Toxic poisoning doesn’t just cause slowness in mental capacities when it is causing neurological damage. In many cases, the neurological damage can also impact your reflexes. This means that the brain is unable to respond to different stimuli around you in the same capacity. Slow reflexes can point to the damage of various neurons and nerves and prolonged exposure can often cause irreparable damage to your body.
Disorientation can also occur but is usually associated with advanced neurological damage that has been caused by toxic poisoning. This can lead to loss of proper motor functions and also pave the way for the early onset of mentally degenerative diseases such as dementia. If you are experiencing unexplained disorientation, particularly when you are indoors, it could be a sign of toxic mould poisoning.
While people do get unexplained anxiety from time to time, prolonged exposure to mould can also contribute to worsening the anxiety. It can also trigger anxiety attacks and depression as the confusion behind the disorientation, slow reflexes muscle reflexes and fogginess can be very taxing on your mental health as well. While toxic mould poisoning is not always the cause of anxiety, it can be a contributing factor to it if it is present in your home.
Changes in Appetite
Exposure to mould can also make a huge difference in your eating habits. You might either start to lose weight as your appetite disappears, or your depression and anxiety could trigger you to start binge eating. In such cases, you have to seek medical attention as neither scenario is healthy for you. Keep in mind that change in appetite cannot always be linked solely to mould exposure but if the mould is present in your home, it can contribute to it.
Aggravation of Allergies
As mould matures, it releases spores that allow it to spread. These spores are spread through the air and because they are microscopic, they can be inhaled. If you have allergies, the release of these spores can trigger them, particularly if you suffer from hay fever. Similarly, mould spores can also trigger skin allergies, increase skin sensitivity and aggravate other allergies that you might have. The presence of mould can be extremely obvious if you are experiencing aggravated allergy symptoms while you are indoors.
Problems in Breathing
Mould spores can also cause problems in respiratory functions. People might feel breathless, wheezy, experience coughing or even suffer from asthma attacks because of exposure to mould. In such cases, careful monitoring is necessary to determine if mould is culprit. Dust and the presence of other pollutants indoors can also be causing problems in breathing. For children, exposure to mould is particularly harmful as their respiratory systems are still developing and they could suffer from irreparable harm that can negatively impact the quality of their lives as adults.
The symptoms mentioned above are all because of mould exposure. Due to their vague and general nature, they can also be caused because of other reasons but if they are occurring indoors, mould is usually the culprit here.
How Is Mould Creeping Into Your House?
Many people believe that their homes are just prone to developing mould but you have to focus on something here. Mould doesn’t naturally occur. It needs to have the right environment to grow in and you might unintentionally be creating an environment that allows it to grow and flourish. The biggest factor here is that mould can come in your home in the form of spores. These spores, which are released in the air, can come in your home and find a corner to grow in.
For this reason, you need to pay attention to the quality of air in your home and make sure that you don’t have the following in your home:
Mould loves moisture and it will begin to grow anywhere there is excessive moisture. This area can either be your bathroom, the kitchen or even the living room after a flooding has occurred. In such instances, you need to take active measures to avoid making the perfect environment for mould. In many bathrooms or kitchens, blowers and fans can be installed to help get rid of the steam and to prevent it from forming as condensation on different surfaces.
Leaky pipes can also not only increase moisture but also make it likely for mould to grow there. This is because pipes are usually covered so mould gets the perfect damp, dark environment where it can flourish and mature. By the time the mould is discovered in this case, it has spread to such an extent that it can be seriously harmful for you to get exposed to it. For this reason, you should always check on your pipes and ensure that you don’t have leaks anywhere.
Old wallpaper can start to rot on walls, particularly if they suffered from water damage. However, mould is particularly resilient and it can also occur in dry, old wallpaper as well if there just too much moisture in the air as well. Sometimes, people can also mistake the presence of mould in their homes as water stains or discoloration because not all mould are black or green in color.
Mould can also appear in your home if there is any area that is left neglected. For example: Basements and attics are areas of the house that are usually left untouched and undisturbed. Mould can form here and grow very well in these environments. By the time mould is identified, it can already be rather mature and have caused quite a bit of damage to your health and to the area around it.
What to Do If You Have Mould?
Once you realise that you have mould in the house, you need to reach out and get the professionals on board. This is necessary to ensure that you are able to properly remove mould. Mould is very persistent and if it isn’t removed properly, it can grow back. This will end costing you a lot of money in the long run. In comparison, it is better to spend more once but to get it done properly.
If you are searching for a good professional for mould removal or to improve the quality of your indoor air, get in touch with Air Restoration. Specializing in fighting mould, testing the indoor air quality and also running healthy inspections, Air Restoration can ensure that your home is safe and free of mould. To get an inspection or for more information about their services, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 226.898.3488