No one wants mould in their home, it can be unsightly, have an odd smell and even have serious consequences on your health. Mould occurs due to damp, which can be caused by a number of reasons including; poor ventilation, problems with the masonry or windows and doors that aren’t fitted properly. If mould has occurred in the home, you need mould experts to get rid of the problem before it gets out of hand.
Types of Mould
There are many different types of moulds. Some of the most harmful types include
- Allergenic – can cause allergies and allergic reactions, such as asthma attacks.
- Pathogenic – can cause health issues in those with acute illness or weakened immune systems.
- Toxigenic – can be extremely dangerous and cause severe conditions, even death.
Health Issues That Can Occur Due to Mould
Some of the health issues that can occur due to mould include;
People can develop mould sensitivity can develop over time, although some people have a predisposition to being sensitive to mould. Some of the symptoms of mould sensitivity include;
- Chest and nasal congestion
- Coughing, sneezing and wheezing
- Sore throat
- Watery, dry or sore eyes
- Skin irritation
People who have weak immune systems or pre-existing issues with their lungs, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), are at higher risk of developing health issues due to mould. The development of lung issues are more common in these cases as well.
If you have a pre-existing respiratory condition you could also be at higher risk when exposed to mould. Not only this, but you can even develop respiratory conditions due to mould, even if you’re completely healthy. Symptoms of this include;
- Upper respiratory tract problems
- Shortness of breath
Asthma can occur due to household mould in people who are more susceptible to the respiratory conditions. Particularly in healthy children.
For people who currently suffer with asthma, mould can worsen symptoms and even cause asthma attacks.
Severe and Chronic Conditions
Some types of mould produce dangerous toxins such as mycotoxins. This can be absorbed through the skin, airways and intestinal lining. Prolonged exposure to these toxins can lead to severe conditions, some of which can even be deadly. Some of the potential conditions that can develop due to prolonged exposure of these toxins include;
- Pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs)
- Pulmonary bleeding
- Immune and blood disorders
- Liver and kidney conditions
- Neurotoxicity (toxic nervous system)
- Negatively effect pregnancy
- Digestive and heart conditions
Mould Experts | Mould Removal
Getting rid of mould can be extremely tricky, especially as you can’t normally determine the severity of the mould until it is properly inspected. Not only this, but it is dangerous to be around and protective gear must be worn when inspecting and dealing with the problem. Specialist equipment must also be used and can prevent mould from occurring in the home again.
Your home is likely to be damaged due to the mould. This can include the walls, floors and overall structure of the property. The mould will need to be completely removed before any restoration can begin otherwise the problem can occur again. This helps ensure the safety of both you and your family.