Mold testing is an important step in determining the presence of mold in a home or business. Knowing whether or not you need mold testing done can be difficult as there are no easy ways to tell if there is mold in your home or business. However, I believe that there are SOME signs to watch out for, so today I want to highlight those and what I have learned from being around mold!
First of all, know that mold can cause a wide variety of health problems, including asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues. Mold spores can spread through the air, making it difficult to detect. Once airborne, mold spores can be inhaled and cause serious health issues. Furthermore, mold can be difficult to detect because it can grow in areas that are not easily visible, such as behind walls or in attics.
My friend, Alex, knows about this first hand. She, unfortunately, has been dealing with chronic hives, due to mold in her home. Mold can present in a lot of different skin issues: hives, rosy cheeks, rashes, and more.
Mold can cause a range of respiratory issues, from coughing and sneezing to difficulty breathing. Exposure to mold can trigger asthma attacks, as well as cause bronchitis and other respiratory infections. In extreme cases, it can lead to more serious conditions, such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a type of lung inflammation caused by inhaling certain particles. People who are exposed to mold may experience a range of symptoms, including a sore throat, itchy eyes and skin, a runny nose, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the amount of mold present and the person’s individual sensitivity.
If you think you may be having a severe reaction to mold, it’s important to contact a doctor right away. Treatment may involve medications to reduce inflammation and help clear your airways, as well as avoiding further exposures. Long-term control of mold growth in your home or workplace is also important. This may include controlling humidity levels, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and removing any standing water or visible mold growth. ALWAYS consult a professional, such as Trinity Industrial Services. They are asbestos abatement contractors Atlanta, and they also can help you with mold testing, recycling, hauling, demolition, and more. “A Veteran-owned small business, Trinity Industrial Services is adept at executing government contracts. Classified as a small business in all categories, Trinity Industrial Services can perform with full federal, state and local compliance and reporting. Trinity Industrial Services is becoming a market leader with capabilities to safely and successfully demolish, abate, and recycle a wide range of structures (including governmental operational structures, industrial manufacturing facilities, large shopping malls, office complexes, multi-building mixed-use developments, and subsurface piping/pump complexes).”
Being sick frequently
Another sign that you might have mold (or bad indoor air quality) is being sick frequently. If you are sick more often than not, I would highly recommend checking your home or business for mold. It is very important to remove it!
And of course, the biggest and most obvious sign: water damage. If you have water damage in your home, the odds are not in your favor. You more than likely have some sort of mold growth going on. Test, don’t guess!