There are many different types of mold, some of them more serious to deal with than others. Once mold is found indoors, a couple of the main reasons for testing it is because it can do much more than damage the structure. It can also pose a serious health risk to both people and animals. However, while some mold can cause life-threatening risks, other types of mold are harmless with regards to posing health risks to people and pets. You can learn more about mold and mold assessments by reading more below:
Some molds can lead to a variety of health problems
Depending on the type of mold in a home, there are some different types of health problems that may show themselves. One type of mold is so dangerous that it has earned the description of being 'the silent killer' and that is black mold. It's called silent because many times it can cause people harm without them even knowing that they have it somewhere in their house.
One of the health problems that can happen in a home that has mold is that those with respiratory issues can be affected by worsening of their conditions. Also, people who already have an immune system disorder can quickly see their health deteriorate. However, even healthy people can have problems with their health that can range from headaches, sore throats, and breathing problems to persistent coughs and sore throats.
Mold can spread quickly and easily
Mold spores can travel a long way on the airwaves, and this is one of the things that can make it so dangerous. Mold spores can go through your air conditioning and this makes it possible for mold on one level of your home to cause mold to also develop in a whole other part of the house if the conditions are right for mold growth. Once mold has found a compatible area, it can continue to grow and damage the structure's integrity and lead to costly repairs in order to save the structure.
There are certain times when mold assessments should be done
Some things that can call for a mold assessment would include smelling a musty odor inside of the house, seeing stains on surfaces where nothing was spilled, having a flood and knowing that the environment is ripe for mold growth, or having household members suddenly start having symptoms that can be associated with the presence of mold.