Molds’ Consequences on Indoor Air Quality
By S. Kim Henson
All molds are created equal; at least when it comes to the importance of getting rid of the fungi once they’re in your home. Molds can be found almost anywhere like on carpet, furniture, wood, insulation and foods. Although it is impossible to eliminate all molds, growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture and taking action to fix leaks, vent the dryer outdoors and keep the dryer vent clean, install exhaust fans in bathrooms and in the kitchen, clean air ducts and upgrade air conditioning to handle your home’s dehumidification.
Four types of health problems caused by exposure to air pollution from molds include allergic reactions, irritation, infection and toxic effects, which little is known. Although children, older adults and ones with health issues are more likely to be affected, it’s difficult to determine what amount of indoor mold causes significant health problems as it varies from person to person. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations for airborne mold contaminants have not currently been set.
Since one third to nearly one half of all structures have damp conditions that encourage molds, it’s best to control them before you have a sick home or office that results in symptoms like headaches, itchy eyes, runny nose, irritated throat and more. Breathe easier when you call Carolina Cool, the Grand Strand’s mold removal certified business, to test for and remove molds, and to fix the problems that caused the pollutants in the first place.