Mold Sickness is a Real Issue. How to Spot It & Stop Mold Growth

by Jeff Oetting / 09 February 2018 / No Comments

A basic science class teaches you that some mold is beneficial to the environment. It helps with the decomposition of organic material such as fallen trees. You consume it as well when you order that nice bleu cheese burger or when you use soy sauce on your Chinese food. However, the types of molds that we’re referring to are detrimental to your health and can cause severe damage. The symptoms that can occur varies between individuals and can mimic other illnesses. Because of this, we want to educate on this matter and ensure everyone is well equipped to handle this.

 

The reason we take mold so serious is due to the fact that it’s not easily spotted. All that’s needed for mold to develop is a damp environment. Because of this, a leaking pipe or even a home with high humidity can encourage mold growth within your walls, under carpets, and even behind appliances.

 

According to “The Cleveland Clinic”, some of the symptoms you may experience include:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Inflamed Lungs
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough with spots of blood

You’re probably thinking, “that wasn’t helpful, those are common cold/flu symptoms.” Our point exactly! This makes it even more serious. Some of these symptoms, when left untreated, can lead to a serious disease.

 

How to Prevent Mold Growth

 

Dry wet areas promptly

Moisture is what allows mold to grow to begin with. Eliminate moisture, you eliminate the opportunity for mold to grow. You may have seepage in a basement after it rains or accumulation of water from a leaky pipe. These issues should be resolved within 2 days, at most, to avoid the possibility of mold growing. Even the little things that we do every day can put us at risk. Leaving wet clothes in a washer without drying them in a reasonable amount of time is bad, or spilling a drink on a carpet without cleaning it up can produce mold. Simply put, ensure wet areas are dried within a good time frame.

 

Clean & repair roof gutters

Damaged gutters lead to leaky roofs that can produce mold. The gutters on your roof should always be cleaned and inspected. A sign that your roof may be leaking is water stains after a storm.

Don’t overlook household plants

Household plants are very attractive and helps give your house a homey feeling. They also help purify the air. However, mold loves the moist soil inside household plants as well. When mold begins to grow, the air you breathe can become more detrimental than beneficial. This accumulation of mold can be due to poor maintenance or over-watering.

There are a few ways you can rid your plants of mold. One popular way is to scrape the mold off the affected areas of the soil.  This should be done wearing a mask to avoid inhaling it. If there’s a lot of mold, repotting the plant is your best bet. You can sprinkle a tad bit of cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, or baking soda on top of the soil, which acts as an anti-fungal solution.


Invest in Humidity Monitors

Humidity monitors gives you a good estimate on how much humidity your house is currently holding. The EPA suggests keeping your home humidity between 30-60%. A moisture meter can be purchased at a decent hardware store near you.

 

Create Airflow

Air holds less moisture when the temperature drops. To increase the flow of air in your home, opening doors and windows is the best route. Without this air flowing in, excessive moisture can accumulate on walls, windows and floors.

 

We relay information onto you because we care about your safety and health. If you suspect you may have mold sickness or have an abundance of mold growing in your home, please act quickly to resolve the issue!

About the author:

Jeff Oetting, President of Bob Oetting & Associates has been helping families plan for their futures for the past 23 years. Jeff holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working with his clients to help develop insurance strategies tailored to individuals and families, Jeff is also an instructor in the College of Business at Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

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