Health – Why Remediate Mold?

In most cases we see the obvious reasons to remediate mold is it smells, it affects property value, and left unchecked it will, ultimately, become even more serious. Imagine not remediating a relatively small section of your home with mold growth only to have it take over with more vigor.

But we know there are other reasons mold remediation becomes important, most notably health. Mold in the home has been officially associated with complicating existing breathing issues like asthma. There is evidence suggesting that presence of mold contributes to breathing problems like wheezes and coughs.

Mold is a global issue with the World Health Organization concerned enough to issue guidelines for indoor air quality.

Problems of indoor air quality

Indoor air quality in your home is greatly affected by microbial pollutants like bacteria, fungi, algae, and other living organisms. These things are in addition to the regular things floating around the air like pollen and plant-spores that can create breathing problems.

The reason many of these biological critters take up residence in your home is because of dampness, moisture, and inadequate ventilation. In fact, we know that dampness is a strong indicator of asthma and other breathing conditions because of the health contaminants occurring with it.

The fact is, we know that wherever there is moisture, you’re going to find some form of mold.

Where there’s mold, there’s probably respiratory viruses

Because mold growth is associated with many microbial and other volatile organic compounds, it’s not unusual to conclude that a moldy surface contains other viruses. In fact, the remediation industry considers contact with these surfaces dangerous enough that our technicians are properly shielded with mask, coveralls, boots, and gloves.

If you have mold in your home or workplace, and you do not have proper filtration or protection, you are subjecting yourself to potential breathing problems.

Asthma, bronchitis, and other infections

The problems of mold include living in an environment where the risk of developing asthma or bronchitis is high. Some say that 21% of people who develop asthma do so with an association to mold and the environment it thrives in.

We also know that people with compromised immune systems from other diseases develop more complications in treating their underlying disease. Diseases such as cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and people already suffering with eczema are at greater risk of infection in environments where mold is living.

Remediation is key to solving the problem

Remediation is key to solving a home environment infected with mold. Not only will removing the mold from the home help with the associated health risks, it is one of the best ways to get control of the environment that created the situation in the first place.

As part of your cleanup process, we want to emphasize to you that cleaning the environment and then keeping the causes of the mold under control are the most effective ways to keep your indoor air quality healthy.

RestorePro, experts serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and beyond

Our job at RestorePro is helping you find, remediate, and remove mold damage. We are a trusted restoration company in the New England area, and have earned that trust through decades of service.

Founded in 1997, our commitment is to help customers through difficult times. Give us a call at 781-664-9800 in Massachusetts, 603-253-2068 in New Hampshire, or 1-800-847-0014 nationally.