The Dangers of Mold & Mildew in Your Home

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Black Mold

Have you noticed a damp or musty smell in your home lately? Don’t discount it right away. That smell could actually affect your health. Mold, like some other fungi, can be toxic to breathe in. It’s definitely not something you want lurking in your home. You should be aware of the following consequences associated with mold growing in your home, whether it is in the basement, the bathroom or the attic.

Health Risks Associated with Mold & Mildew

Not only is mold hazardous to your home’s structure, but it can also harm you and your family. Some people suffer from long-term respiratory problems without realizing that the mold is causing it. Allergies, skin irritation, and even changes to your mental health are common. Mold can also lead to headaches, coughing, and exhaustion. Mildew leads to fewer side effects than mold and is often less toxic.

Recognize Mold & Mildew

Mold develops in warm, wet conditions, ultimately leading to decomposition of organic matter. You might spot the mold easily, especially if you know what to look for. The fungi may be white, black, blue, green, gray, or brown, and you may notice that it looks furry or wet. Unfortunately, mold grows quickly and often goes unnoticed until it has spread into a large area.

Mold and mildew can go unnoticed. If you see any discoloration on the wall or ceiling, you may try poking the surface to see if pieces crumble or feel damp to the touch.

How Mold & Mildew Happen

In many cases, mold and mildew can appear due to issues with your roof or gutters.  If your gutters fail to direct water away from your house, you can end up with water in your basement, leaking into your windows, coming under exterior doors and sometimes even into your walls.  All of these can cause moisture in your home, which can encourage mold and mildew growth.

A leaky roof is also to blame for mold and mildew. Your roof may begin leaking thanks to damage, ice dams, or even bad insulation.This is why it is essential that you have your roof checked out each year, especially following tumultuous weather.

You can easily prevent and eliminate mold and mildew from taking over your house. After having a professional mold remediation specialist come in and eliminate the fungi, you can prevent the issue from happening again by fixing the problem that led to it. You can do this by fixing your roof or gutters.

Contact Quality Gutter Systems for professional solutions to your mold & mildew problems.

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