If you or a family member has asthma and you've noticed mold growth in your home, it's important to remediate the mold from your home. Mold spores that are inhaled can cause an allergic reaction called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, which mimics the symptoms of asthma. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis typically doesn't affect people with healthy lungs. However, since asthmatic lungs are not healthy and symptoms mimic asthma, your asthmatic family member will be highly susceptible to increased breathing difficulties. Here's what you need to know.
Mold Remediation Is Not Mold Removal
First, it's important to understand that complete mold removal is not possible. Mold naturally occurs and is safe at normal levels. Mold remediation is the process of removing mold while focusing on getting the level of mold back to normal. When looking for a company or contractor, focus on ones that advertise that they are mold remediation services instead of mold removal services.
Find the Cause of the Excessive Mold Growth
Second, it's important to find the cause of the mold growth in your home and take care of that before attempting to remediate mold from your home. The reason for this is so the problem does not continue after remediation. Here are several common causes of excessive mold growth in homes:
- water damage
- build-up of condensation
- poor air ventilation
- termite infestation
Finding the source of the problem may be difficult if it's not already obvious. Hire a home inspection service for assistance, if necessary.
Find Temporary Housing for Your Asthmatic Family Member
While it's possible to remain in the home while mold remediation work is done, it's advisable for asthmatic persons to stay elsewhere temporarily. This is due to the fact that mold spores may be kicked up into the air while various items are being removed and cleaned. It's always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to lung health for asthmatics.
Hire Mold Remediation Services
The types and amount of work done during the mold remediation will depend, of course, on how much mold there is and where it is. Typically, porous items and materials that are damaged will need to be discarded. Non-porous items and materials will be cleaned with a detergent and rinsed with clean water. A HEPA vacuum may be used to remove dust and to clean surfaces. When everything necessary is cleaned, dehumidifiers may be used to help in the drying process.
For more information on mold remediation services, contact your local mold remediator.Share