There are many symptoms of mold exposure, including the effects of mold on your house and the symptoms of mold poisoning that affect your health. Symptoms from mold exposure affect the very young and very old and those with health problems the most, though anyone that lives in a home affected by mold may suffer some symptoms.
Physical symptoms include:
How do you know the above symptoms are due to exposure to mold instead of hay fever or an allergy to the family’s new pet cat?
In addition to the above telltale health issues, look for the following signs:
This picture shows mold in the ceiling from a leak. There was also mold in the walls.
The best thing you can do to cope with symptoms of mold exposure is to remove all traces of mold from the home. Medication such as allergy remedies won’t help much if you continue to be exposed to the mold.
Some people prefer to try to remove mold on their own, while others prefer to call in a mold removal specialist.
If you want to try to remove the mold yourself:
If you have the know-how to replace carpet or insulation or fix leaky roofs yourself, you may be able to save money by doing the work yourself. However, mold removal specialists are trained to track down every trace of mold in your home and safely remove it. They’ll have all the proper equipment to do the job properly without stirring up further symptoms of mold exposure. In addition, homeowner’s insurance will sometimes cover the cost, so it may actually be more affordable to have the work done professionally.
If you do decide to take matters into your own hands, stock up on safety gear first, including:
Inhaling mold spores is hazardous to your health, and the spores easily become airborne as you clean up the moldy areas. Therefore symptoms of mold poisoning may actually increase after you attempt to clean up moldy areas, if you don’t take the proper safety precautions.
Most mold removal specialists offer free consultations, during which they assess the situation, advise you about the work that needs to be done, advise you about the health risks associated with the mold in your home and the safety precautions needed during the mold removal process, answer questions and provide advice that will help you even if you end up deciding to handle the job yourself. For a list of mold removal professionals offering free consultations in your area, simply click the link.