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Effects of Mold

Mold is present both indoors and outdoors. It is likely to grow in areas where water and dampness are present.

Mold most commonly grows in the following places:

  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Closets
  • Clothing
  • Carpeting
  • Wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Plants
  • Cement walls
  • Food

The effects of mold can be damaging. Not only can mold cause great damage to the area that it grows in, but it can also affect the health of those who are exposed to it.

These are some of the possible effects of mold to be cautious of:

Effects on Air Quality – Everyone is exposed to mold on a daily basis without harm. However, mold spores can become dangerous when they enter the air and are inhaled in large numbers.

Mold Exposure SymptomsThe effects of mold on air quality are suspected as being the cause of a variety of inhalation exposure illnesses such as asthma and sinusitis.

  • Common symptoms of these illnesses include:
  • respiratory problems
  • nasal and sinus congestion
  • eye-burning, blurry vision, light sensitivity
  • severely dry cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

A physician should be consulted if you suspect that you are suffering from an inhalation exposure illness.

Mold in Furniture – A piece of furniture may become contaminated by mold if it has come into contact with excessive moisture or with settled mold spores. These settled spores might aggravate allergies in some people.

It is highly recommended that affected furniture be removed from the home in order to improve the air quality and reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses.

Cleaning the furniture can not ensure the complete removal of mold. Such items as couches and mattresses must be specially treated in order to completely remove mold. With such items as bed pillows, throw pillows, and stuffed animals, however, it may be more cost effective to dispose of the items than to treat them.

Mold in Wallpaper – In warm environment, vinyl wallpaper can trap moisture-filled air. The trapped moisture serves as a breeding ground for mold. The mold will eat the drywall, the glue that holds the wallpaper, and the wallpaper itself.

It is always a good idea to use paint or apply wall-coverings with permeable paper backings that do not trap moisture on exterior walls.

Mold in Clothing – Mold can be found in damp-ridden clothing. Wearing contaminated clothing may cause allergies and skin irritations.

In order to properly clean mold from clothing follow these directions:

  • Fill the washing machine up with water
  • Pour in 20 multeam borax and hydrogen peroxide
  • Put clothing into the machine and let them spin for 2 minutes
  • Stop the spin cycle, and let clothes soak for about 4 hours
  • Allow clothes to go through normal wash cycle
  • When cycle is finished, it is recommended that these directions be followed a second time.

Mold in Carpeting – Carpeting that was saturated with water (i.e. from a flood) will most likely grow mold. If the carpet is not removed immediately following saturation, mold spores will settle and affect the air quality of your home. Respiratory problems are a common cause of carpet mold.

Carpet cleaning will not kill the mold. All wet or damp carpeting must be ripped out and thrown away. The longer the carpeting remains in your home, the worse the mold problem will be.

Refer to the Treatment page to learn more about controlling mold problems in your home.


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