Assurance Environmental Inspection Services Inc. TORONTO: 416-564-2054  |  NEWMARKET: 289-841-3341
BARRIE: 705-294-1544
Home  |  About  |  Services  |  Request Quote  |  Contact
service header
Request Quote

Why Is Mold Bad for My Health?

mold inspectionInspecting for mold in your home or on your property may feel like an excessive effort for something that is not all that dangerous. However, mold can be more of a problem than you might think.

You’re probably no stranger to mold. It can grow anywhere that has enough moisture, so seeing mold in your shower or around leaky plumbing isn’t all that surprising. What is surprising is that there are certain health problems mold can cause if left to grow.

What is Mold?

Mold is, at its most basic, a fungus. This fungus produces spores which drift through the air – which is how mold enters your home or property. When mold spores land on a moist surface, they grow. The result is the splotchy patches of fungus you often find under leaky faucets or in other damp places. Mold breaks down organic materials, which is helpful in nature but a problem when it’s eating away at your hardwood floors, windowsills, or cabinets.

What Sort of Health Problems Can Mold Cause?

While mold spores are typically present in all household and workplace dust, large amounts of mold can create an unhealthy living environment. Mold exposure symptoms manifest similar to any other allergic reaction, such as:

  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Eye, nose, and/or throat irritation
  • Breathing problems

Of course, the effect mold can have on your health depends on your medical history. If you have a mold allergy or asthma, exposure to mold is more likely to trigger an extreme reaction than someone without these medical traits.

While mold is not toxic, certain varieties of mold produce toxic substances – known as mycotoxins. These toxins pose a serious risk, and prolonged exposure to these mycotoxins – or exposure to concentrated amounts of mycotoxins – can be extremely harmful. Fungal infection from exposure to mold is another risk, and an especially serious threat if you are suffering from immune deficiency.

Performing Your Own Mold Inspection

The first step to getting rid of mold growth on your property is to confirm that you have a mold problem in the first place. Most of the time, you can tell you have mold when you see it – a splotchy fungus growing in your bathroom, around leaky plumbing, or rotting away at your windowsills.

Unless you’re suffering from a severe reaction to the mold, you can handle minor mold problems (patches of mold that are smaller than 3ft by 3ft) yourself by simply drying the area, cleaning it thoroughly, and ensuring it doesn’t get wet again. In cases of mold contamination on walls, furniture, or carpet areas, hiring a professional may be a better idea.

When Should You Hire a Mold Inspection Specialist?

In some cases, hiring a professional to take a look at your home or property is the safest bet.

  • If you’re having difficulties getting rid of your mold problems,
  • if you have high concentrations of mold
  • if you suffer from asthma or mold allergies
  • if you have concerns about mycotoxins, or
  • if you suspect extreme mold contamination in your walls, floor, or ventilation systems.

Mold inspection specialists are experts in their field, certified to handle inspection, testing, and sampling of mold specimens. If you’re concerned about any mold contamination on your property, you can save time and effort by asking for a consult from a specialist in mold inspection.

 

This entry was posted in Mold, Mold inspection and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


dash
logo institute logo acac logo cmi Proud Certified Members for Over 15 Years.
dash
Other Services
>  Vermiculite Inspection
>  Marijuana Grow Operations
>  Assessment/Clearance
>  Hazardous Materials
>  Bacterial Screening
>  Complete Indoor Air Quality Audits
Residential & Commercial
Air Quality Experts

Proudly Serving Toronto, GTA, Vaughan, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, Keswick, Midland and Surrounding Areas.
Contact Us
Toronto Office
263 Campbell Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3V7
416-564-2054
line Newmarket Office
12-16715 Yonge St
Suite #173
Newmarket, Ontario
L3X 1X4
289-841-3341
line Barrie Office
56 White Elm Rd
Barrie, Ontario
L4N 0E5
705-294-1544
Indoor Air Quality Experts Specializing in Mold & Asbestos Testing.
Main Menu
> Home
> About
> Services
> Request Quote
> Privacy Policy
> Contact
Mold Specialists
> Mold Inspection
> Mold Testing
> Mold Removal Information
Asbestos Specialists
> Asbestos Testing
> Asbestos Removal Information
Bacteral Screenings
> Flooding
> Sewer Backups
> Sump Pump Problems