Mold Exposure Health Risks

Many times, people have the need for professional mold remediation services but do not recognize the signs of mold contamination.  Reoccurring heads aches can be one way your body to trying to warn you about the air quality and possible mold contamination of your environment.  Your body could be reacting to the enzymatic activity of mold growth it is sensing.  Depending on your bodies’ sensitivity to mold and microbial growth, depend on how strong your immediate reaction to mold contamination will be. 

Overtime your body may “go numb” to sensing the mold contamination of your home, car or office, but the negative effects of mold exposure will continue to affect you and those around you in both cumulative and individual ways.  Headaches are not the only reaction to mold exposure, in fact there are several and several combinations including: itchiness, coughing and throat discomfort, dry eyes, difficulty breathing as well as increased allergic reactions and aggravation to existing health conditions. 

Be sure to have mold testing conducted by an IICRC certified professional if you think you may need mold remediation services.  The following article was written to help owners recognize when to call a mold remediation company.

Visible Mold

Visible mold and or what appears to be mold is a major sign that mold remediation may be needed.  Remember, mold is microscopic, so visible mold can be the sign of a larger water damage issue.  Homeowners are not always able to recognize mold as mold due to its many different colors and appearances.  For example, few people recognize that some of the build up and resin found on air duct vent covers contains mold and could complicate healthy living. 

Mold Odors

Mold contamination may not always be visible, but the smell of mold can be a strong indication that mold remediation is needed.  Odors are a result of enzymatic activity of mold growth.  If strong mold odors are present in your home or office mold testing can be the first step to completing your mold remediation project.  Sometimes a person may not recognize the enzymatic activity of mold by its odor, but will recognize headaches, loss of energy due to poor air quality and the body overworking to harvest oxygen and filter air, itchiness, and others side effects.

Mold Removal and Water Damage

A previous flood or water damage can either be the source or a major contributing factor of mold contamination and the need for mold remediation services.  All water damage, no matter how small should be cleared by a professional water damage company to make sure all salvageable materials are dry.  Flood Metrix provides FREE mold and water damage estimates.  We are able to able to offer this service via video chat to help provide professional insight for proper planning and to get a better understanding of what may be needed for the completion of your mold mitigation project.

Groups of high risk to Mold Exposure:

Pulmonary/respiratory issues

  • Indoor air quality is a vital, yet underappreciated aspect related to the quality of life we experience.  People who suffer from heart or other breathing issues are particularly at risk for mold exposure and the need for professional mold remediation services. One reason why is because mold possess the greatest risk when inhaled.  Mold that is inhaled may be able to grow inside of the lungs, causing a variety of lungs sickness.

Pregnant/attempting pregnancy

  • Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant fall into may high risk categories and mold exposure is no exemption.  Over exposure to mold presents not a health risk to the mother, but also to the fetus she carries.

Children under 6

  • Children under the age of 6 are at higher risk allergic reaction due to over exposure to mold contamination.  The younger a person is, the more at risk they are to mold exposure due to the developmental stage of their heart and lungs.

Adults over 65

  • You or your loved one could be 65 or older and in tip top health.  If this is the case, then you do not fall into this category.  However, many people experience some percentage of heath decrease in this stage of life.  Exposure to mold and or poor indoor air quality can only make pre-existing health condition worse.  Mold removal services can help improve and maintain health.


  • People with asthma and or allergies live with an acute awareness of their breathing and are especially sensitive to changes in indoor air quality.  Exposure to even slightly elevated mold levels can trigger allergic reaction and the need for professional mold remediation.

Immune deficiency

  • Living with any chronic disease has its special requirements.  One essential requirement is to maintain good indoor air quality.  Mold remediation and mold remediation services can literally help save the life of someone who falls into this category.

Free Mold Estimates

If you believe you have been exposed to mold, but you do not recognize any signs of visible mold; then you should make an appointment with Mold Metrix for a FREE mold estimate.  However, if you require a more detailed investigation report or lab analysis, you should schedule Mold Testing.  Mold testing includes a non-invasive inspection of your problem area.  Non-invasive means that no finished materials will be removed such as baseboards, crown mold, no holes shall be drilled into wall cavities.  Attics and crawlspaces are automatically classified as “invasive” when checking for possible mold exposure.

Mold Metrix can provide valuable information to your physician with regards to your indoor environmental quality.  This can be especially critical for persons living with chronic sickness or disease, or who may be recovering from surgery to insure you, or your loved ones are not being exposed to dangerous molds in your home or office.

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