Flooding, leaks, and overflows… all of these can lead to water damage. Not only can disasters like this cost you money, it can also make you ill. Here’s what you need to know about how water damage and mold can affect your health.
How Mold Gets Into Your Home
Water damage is the leading cause of mold and mildew growth in a home.
It can happen when there is:
- Sewage back up
- Plumbing or roof leaks
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Overflows from sinks or bathtub
- Areas with high humidity
Mildew and mold can quickly develop within 24-48 hours after water exposure. What’s even worse is that the mold will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the water damage and effectively deal with the mold problem.
How Mold Can Make You Sick
If mold is not taken care of right away then this can lead to some serious health issues for you, your family and even your pets. Some of the molds that grow in a home can produce toxins known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can cause health problems that can range from mild, like rashes and sneezing, to severe such as long-term respiratory damage and even death.
Infants, children, pregnant
women, people with existing respiratory conditions and the elderly are at higher risk of developing more serious health effects from mold.
Your pets are also at risk for respiratory illnesses that could eventually lead to death.
What We Can Do
Be aware of mold in your home. Usually, you can tell if you have a mold problem if you smell a musty odor.
The first step in preventing and eliminating mold is to take care of water damage as soon as possible. We can help at any time of the day and prevent mold from a problem in your home. Give us a call today at (214) 731-4624