Mold is a type of fungus which grows both outdoors and indoors particularly in humid and damp environments. The term toxic is however misleading because in high concentrations all kinds of molds toxic or otherwise can cause health complications. It is for this reason that all types of molds are commonly referred to as ‘toxic mold’. There are a few molds that actually have poisonous mycotoxins. These are extremely rare and they include:
Stachybotrys chartum which is popularly known as black mold. It is a greenish-black fungus that grows in moist environments especially buildings damaged by floods. Another common toxic mold is Aspergillis.
Aspergillis is a family of molds, however not all are toxigenic. Only a few strains are poisonous.
Molds generally spread through the generation of spores which can survive in dry and harsh environments. Additionally, molds are visually invisible and airborne making it extremely difficult to clean up a mould infested environment.
Effects of continuous exposure to toxic molds
Continuous exposure to toxic mould can cause a myriad of health complications such as;
Sinus and nasal congestion
Persistent sore throat and consistent coughing
Exacerbation of asthmatic attacks in asthmatic people
Skin irritation leading to scratching
Continuous exposure to toxic mold can also lead to serious health complications that have the potential of permanently changing the lives of affected persons such as;
- Increasing the chances of developing cancer
- Significantly increases the chances of developing cardiac complications and pulmonary injury
- Dangerous for expectant women as it increases the chances of gastrointestinal and cardiac complications that can in severe cases cause a miscarriage.
Effective tips in preventing and ridding your home of toxic mold
Your home should be a safe haven, where you feel comfortable safe and most importantly free from any potential health risks such as mold. Here are basic techniques that will help you keep your home mold free;
Identify vulnerable areas and correct them promptly
Identify problematic areas that are susceptible to mold invasion such as a flooding basement or condensation on a particular window, a persistent ceiling leak. Repair such areas using mold resistant products. Whether the problem is simple or complicated address it promptly to prevent it from worsening. This is because if mold accumulates in your house it is an uphill task to completely eradicate it completely.
Get rid of excess moisture by amply ventilating your home
Ventilation not only decreases mold accumulation and high humidity within your home but also ensures free flow of air. This ensures that your environment is invulnerable to mold accumulation.
Ensure you are fully stocked with mold resistant products and equipment
When dealing with molds prevention is always better than cure. Therefore to keep your home mold-free you have use products that are specifically tailored to keep your home free from mold accumulation. Equipment that comes in handy in mold prevention includes moisture meter which measures the content of moisture in dry materials to ascertain whether it is vulnerable to mold infestation. A humidity gauge and a thermometer will ensure you keep your home at a temperature warm enough to be unsuitable for mold and a low humidity that cannot support mold growth.