I Suspect I Have Mold. What Do I Do?

Black mold in the corner of kitchen.

Given the right environment, mold can – and will – grow almost anywhere. Even if you live in South Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Southeastern Pennsylvania, or Philadelphia areas, it can be a problem.

Don’t let your health take a hit because you didn’t know how to deal with mold problems

Indeed, many types of mold can grow in our homes or buildings, and we don’t consider any of them safe.

What Causes Mold Infestations?

Mold needs water (or moisture) to grow & flourish (it also needs warmth, moving air, and a food source (more on that in a future post). And studies suggest over 50% of American homes or buildings have wet or damp conditions, making them ideal for potential mold colonizing.

If you happen to live in one of those wet or damp homes or buildings and don’t take care of the moisture source, the eventual, inevitable mold infestation will thrive and grow on the structural members inside your walls, under your floors, and above your ceilings.

And, that will eventually cost you handsomely for the necessary treatment, remediation, and structural restoration.

Not only can it be costly to repair structural damage, it can end up costing you your health.

Who Is At Risk From Mold?

Technically, everyone’s at risk of experiencing the various health concerns mold exposure can cause.

Why is that? Since people can experience many different reactions to mold when exposed to it, predicting with any certainty how a certain ‘type’ of person will react  isn’t feasible, much less the degree to which they’ll react.

What we do know is – people with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk of reacting to some kind.

Those health conditions may include (but aren’t necessarily limited to)…
•  Allergies
•  Lung conditions
•  Respiratory disease
•  Asthma or emphysema…

Pregnant women, infants, and the elderly – given their respiratory systems are in a relatively weakened or underdeveloped state – are also at increased risk.

If you – or someone you know – have one of these pre-existing conditions, it’s important to take precautions.

If you know, or suspect you have mold growing in your home – and you and/or members of your family have been experiencing symptoms you think may be caused by it – you should contact your doctor.

These symptoms may include, but aren’t limited to…
•  Respiratory problems (wheezing, difficulty breathing, etc.)
•  Nasal & sinus congestion
•  Itching, burning, watering, or bloodshot eyes (and possibly blurred vision)
•  Dry cough
•  Skin irritation
•  Nose & throat irritation
•  Fever
•  Aches & pains.

How Does Mold Cause Symptoms?

Molds emit what we call Microbiological Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs).

The MVOCs emitted by molds are known for their unpleasant odor – you’ll recognize them
for their strong, musty smell (like the one I always smelled in Gram’s basement)

Once released, these MVOCs can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself and My Family?

As you read above – if you suspect you have a mold problem, and you’re worried about it spiraling out of control – don’t wait.

Call a local mold inspection and treatment service provider TODAY!

Taking the appropriate action to protect the health of your home or building, right now, will help protect you and your loved ones, too.