We already know that molds are dangerous and regular, prolonged exposure to these kinds of fungus can create health issues in humans. Home owners in Texas and its surrounding areas are well aware that the heat is not a guarantee that there are no molds in their homes. There are some things, that we, as home owners, need to understand and remember about mold.
Mold is a type of fungus that usually grow on porous, cellulose materials. This means that organic materials are its favorite place to grow but it can also grow on materials that are out of the usual. It can grow almost anywhere in the country as long as the conditions are good. These conditions include consistent humidity and darkness for it to thrive. Leaky pipes, condensation, too much humidity are part of the factors that encourage this fungus to grow.
It is not just the actual growth of the mold that makes these dangerous. Molds eventually grow mold spores which are released into the environment when the colony is mature. The spores float around and land on anything. If the conditions are good, the spores that landed will grow to another mold colony. Not all conditions will be optimal for all spores that are released but they can actually lay dormant for an extended period of time and survive harsh conditions, to grow when the environment is optimal for growth.
Symptoms of Exposure
The mold spores are actually what cause allergic reactions when these come into contact with people. Home owners will be surprised to learn that their symptoms may have been caused by a colony that could not see. Aside from the spores, the smell of the colony can also trigger allergic reactions, among other things. The following symptoms can be indicators of mold exposure and a colony of mold in the house.
– frequent itchy and watery eyes
– frequent itchy nose
– post nasal drip
– skin rashes
– stuffy nose
Health issues that come into fruition when there has been too much exposure include, but are not limited to:
– chronic headaches
– upper respiratory sensitivity
– chronic coughing
– shortness of breath
– proneness to asthma
The combination of the symptoms and the frequency of their occurrences should alert the individual regarding the possibility of mold exposure. You should question why you have hay fever symptoms when the season in San Antonio is not conducive to it, if you have lived there for several years already. Some environmental factors may have triggered the growth of molds. Some occurrences such as flooding, heavy rains, a change in humidity inside the house, the formation of condensation can easily be the reason why the growth of molds indoors may have spiked. The spike may be the reason why you manifest the symptoms and the health issues related to the presence of mold. Aside from physical symptoms in humans, molds can also manifest in the actual structure of the domicile where they grow. Look for black or dark spots in areas which flooding may have occurred, such as floorboards and walls. Pipes which are imbedded in the walls and floor may have also leaked and contributed to optimal conditions for mold growth. HVAC units are also prime areas where molds thrive.
If you notice any of the symptoms or a combination of the symptoms, it may be best to consult a doctor as well as conduct a home mold test to confirm your suspicions. The visit to the doctor should be prioritize since you do not know how long you have been exposed and how serious your condition may be. Any more questions: