Many people now understand the dangers of basement mold. However, most people do not realize that they have been affected by mold until it’s too late. It is important to learn common symptoms of mold in order to protect your home and health.
Do I have basement mold?
Mold infestations aren’t as easy to spot as many people would like to believe. Mold like to grow in environments that are warm and moist such as the basement, bathroom and crawlspace. They often grow in hard to reach areas such as the drywall, behind furniture and under carpets. They may appear as small spots that can easily go unnoticed.
Mold infestations that go untreated can result in serious health effects for those exposed to mold spores. They can also cause damage to surfaces on which the mold is growing. As if this isn’t bad enough, many of the traditional home remedies for getting rid of mold are not effective especially when an infestation is well established. Materials often have to be replaced as a result of the damage.
Common symptoms of mold
There are numerous ways that you can tell that mold is creeping into your basement. Common symptoms can range from minor irritation to more severe symptoms:
Mold spores can affect your health. It is also a good idea to be on the lookout for physical symptoms of mold. These include:
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Water eyes
- Itchy nose, ears or throat
- Dry scaly skin
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms of the presence of mold are often similar to those of allergies, the common cold and asthma. It is important to note that mold spores can worsen the symptoms of these conditions. Toxic black mold is especially known to cause even more severe effects. These include the development of conditions such as:
- Mold induced asthma
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Allergic fungal sinusitis
Infections of the mucus membranes and the skin are also common when people with compromised immune systems are exposed to basement mold spores.
If you or anyone else in your home exhibits any of the symptoms above, it is worth taking your time to determine if there is a mold infestation to prevent repeat episodes.
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