According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than the air outdoors, especially in the major industrialized cities, and this can adversely affect our health.

What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

The air quality in and around your home or office, as it relates to the health and comfort of the people inside, is referred to as Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Mold is just one of thousands of pollutants that can affect the air you breathe indoors, and there are over 100,000 different types.

Understanding and combatting common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of health concerns. Otherwise, potentially damaging effects may be experienced both in the short term and years after exposure.

What Are The Immediate Effects Of Mold Exposure?

Mold and mold spores adversely affect air quality indoors, and those suffering from its presence may be prone to irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, and suffer headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions may also show up, or be aggravated or worsened, especially in those with already compromised immune systems. Immediate, adverse effects caused by mold are usually treatable once the person’s exposure has been eliminated.

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Mold Exposure?

Prolonged exposure to indoor molds is unhealthy to anyone, but infants and children, the elderly, and those already beset with allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems at are at the most risk. Long-term ailments that could result from continuous exposure include infections (pneumonia), inflammation of the lung cells,(pneumonitis), and other adverse effects on the lungs and the nervous system. Other respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancers can also be triggered by mold and be severely debilitating or fatal. If you suspect you have been exposed, it is crucial that you try to improve the indoor air quality in your home, even if symptoms are not noticeable at the time. Prevention is key!

What Can You Do If Your Home Has Mold

If you can see or smell mold, you obviously have it—spores proliferate in moist, dark areas, especially in basements and bathrooms. Proper ventilation and repairs to any possible leaks are just a few necessary preventative measures to keeping fungi from multiplying. Remove whatever objects have been affected and clean those that can be saved. However, if mold is in drywall, rugs, or other porous objects, those objects have to be removed and destroyed.

If you’re still not sure that you’ve been exposed, or if you still don’t know what the ramifications of exposure are, call in a mold remediation company to test and help remove mold from your home permanently and safely.