Mold has been around since the beginning of time. Why? Because of moisture. If it’s present, mold has a place to grow. Since every home on the planet is subject to conditions that create moisture, mold has the opportunity to exist.
Mold is a fungus that is found indoors and outdoors. It is destructive to many materials and it can cause health issues in humans. Signs mold is in your home include musty and mildew-type odors, and appear in an array of colorful patches including grey, brown, green, pink, and black.
While mold is destructive on one hand, on the other, it is responsible for penicillin and yeast. Without mold, the planet would be overrun with leaves, grass, and garbage as fungus is necessary to break these down into minute bits and pieces.
Mold and Your Health
According to a report in 2004 from the Institute of Medicine, when exposed to damp indoor spaces, there seemed to be illnesses related to the damp environment:
– Shortness of breath
– Respiratory illnesses
– Nose and throat symptoms
– Asthma symptoms
– Coughing and wheezing
– Chest tightness
– Skin irritations
– Respiratory infections
Subsequent findings in 2007, 2010, and 2011 did not significantly change the information reported in 2004. In a nutshell, these reports noted that there is evidence supporting a link between damp and moist places with indoor mold and respiratory health issues. For more information, read this helpful EPA article.
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