Health Hazards of Mold
There are many potential health risks of being exposed to mold including:
– eye, nose and throat irritation
– coughing and phlegm build-up
– wheezing and shortness of breath
– symptoms of asthma
– allergic reactions
Everyone responds to mold differently, depending on the amount of exposure and your current health condition. Some people, like children, elderly or those with weakened immune systems or other medical conditions, could experience more harmful health effects. Learn more from “Mold and Your Health” from Health Canada.
What Causes Mold?
Moisture is the key to mold growth. If your home or workplace has a moisture problem, then there is a chance that mold could grow. Perfect conditions for mold growth are moisture, darkness, warmth, oxygen and a food source like wood, drywall or fabric. Learn where to check for mold.
Mold is something that can go unnoticed due to the potential sources of mold growth like a leaking pipe behind a wall, window trim or even water getting in through the foundation. Mold could even grow from a pile of damp clothing thrown in the corner of your closet floor! You might notice a water stain on your ceiling or drywall, bubbling paint or a funny musky smell. These could be signs of mold and the best way to find out is to call Rainbow International of Northwest Calgary.
How to Prevent Mold?
You can prevent mold by preventing moisture. Mold needs a day or two to grow, so if something in your home is wet for more than that time you could be providing the perfect conditions for it’s growth. Here are some ways you can prevent mold:
Regular inspections of your plumbing system. This will help early detection of any water leaks in your pipes, faucets or fixtures. If you find a leak, contact a licensed plumber to repair it.
Reduce condensation in the home or workplace. You’ll find condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows. You can reduce this build up of moisture by keeping the temperature warmer in rooms, installing proper insulation and/or pipe coverings as well as keeping the humidity low.
Mold Testing and Removal in Calgary
If you have a mold situation in your home or business, you need certified professionals who can safely and effectively take care of the problem. As mold remediation experts, Rainbow International uses the most advanced tools and equipment in the industry and apply systematic best practices they’ve developed over the 30-plus years they’ve been in the business.