Health Effects of Mould & How to Prevent It

Health Effects of Mould & How to Prevent It

Home is a place where you spend the most time of your day. On an average, a human being spends about 16 hours at home. Even longer if you’re below 7 years or above 64 years of age. Exposure to harmful mould can have a serious impact on one’s health. Mould has the ability to accumulate and grow in damp and poorly ventilated buildings. Even a newly built home can still be damp if the water used during its construction hasn’t completely dried out. Condensation is another cause for excessive moisture indoors.

Health effects of mould can differ from person to person. While some get serious allergies from mould, some could be immune to it altogether. Inflammation of airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, cough and throat irritation are some of the common symptoms of inhaling mould fragments or spores. Prolonged exposure to mould can give rise to a lot of serious problems like reduction in lung function and chronic health problems like asthma. For those who already suffer from these complications, the symptoms may be worse.

People living in damp and mouldy homes are also at a high risk of depression. This, in turn, increases the risks of various respiratory problems like asthma.

Following are some of the symptoms of other allergies caused by mould:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough and postnasal drip
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry, scaly skin

To prevent mould growth in your home, follow these tips:

  • Eliminate all sources of dampness in your house
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Use a central air conditioning system
  • Periodically change filters on your furnace
  • Ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements
  • Promote groundwater drainage
  • Recycle or toss old books and newspapers

If you spot mould anywhere in your house or in your workplace, Biosite Cleanup is the company for you. We provide complete mould remediation services. Our technicians are backed with state of the art equipment and the experience required to tackle any type of mould. Call us now on 0409037634 to know more about our mould remediation and other services.

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