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Mold, mildew, fungi
and bacteria are the leading biological pollutants generated in a
home. Molds such as fungus and slime molds are most often
found in areas that have high humidity levels such as bathrooms,
kitchens, laundry rooms or damp basements (especially after flooding).
All of these factors contribute to mold allergy. It is important to try and prevent
spore growth, and if it's
too late, try mold remediation and mold removal.
Because mold and
mildew release mold spores in the air that can float throughout the
house, it can cause severe allergic reactions such as watery eyes,
runny nose and sneezing, nasal congestion and fatigue, especially to
those with a mold allergy. In fact, when mold starts to
reproduce inside a home, it can eat away at the structure, cause
thousands of dollars in damage and possibly make family members sick
from mold exposure. However, the situation is not hopeless.
There are several mold cleaning, prevention and mold removal methods
to deal with this persistent problem that really do work.
Mold Allergy Prevention
The key to
prevention and removal is to eliminate moisture.
Basements must be dried out, and humidity levels should be maintained
at about 50% relative humidity or lower to prevent mold growth.
Dehumidifiers can be very useful. Vapor steam cleaning or vacuuming
with High Efficiency Particulate Absolute (HEPA) filter vacuums can
reduce mold spore concentrations in damp areas and carpets, but if not
done properly mold spores can remain or be spread into the air.
collected several helpful articles on mold prevention in this section. One of the best is a concise FAQ on Molds and Allergies by Dr.
R. Vincent Miller.
Dehumidification is Important to your Heath? This is an article by
Mercia Tapping, President of Allergy Buyers Club, which discusses the
advantages of a dehumidifier for reducing a high humidity level in
your house that can breed mold and dust mites. The combination of
these two allergens can cause some very uncomfortable, to severe,
researchers say they have identified mold as the leading cause of most
infections (a condition that affects over 37 million people in the
U.S.). More specifically, it is not an allergic reaction to
mold, but rather an immune system response to fungus.
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