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Mold Basements Can Cause Serious Health Problems

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

Mold basements are one of the many reasons people are sick. Take me for instance. I hardly ever use my basement, so wow was I surprised to learn that is was hiding a deep dark secret that could have cost me my health.

You see, mold isn’t just some ugly stuff on your walls or ceiling. The fact is, mold can cause allergies, asthma, bleeding of the lungs, reoccurring colds, chronic coughing, fatigues, headaches, and even depression. And although I didn’t experience any of these problems with my basement, I did experience them when I lived in a home that was covered in toxic mold.

I had allergies that I assumed were just a change of the weather or toxins like cigarette smoke in the air. In never occurred to me that it could be something more like black mold effects.

I also had asthma which along with the allergies I thought again was something to do with the change in the weather and toxins in the air that were not associated with mold.

I was lucky enough that my symptoms did not go as far as my lungs bleeding. It’s also considered less of a problem in adults, but when you have children and pets or anyone with a weak immune system, the results can be deadly.

One of the symptoms I did have was a reoccurring cold. However, silly me, I just chalked it up as a chronic bronchitis infection that I’d attracted from who knows where.

Along with that cold I had a chronic cough. Again, I assumed that my cough in association with the cold was due to a bronchitis infection that would not go away.

I also found myself tired all of the time and ironically I never really did anything to make me tired. So again, I assumed it was because of that imaginary bronchitis thing. And this is also how I realized there were signs of fungus growing in my basement. I was always tired no matter how very little I did and I found myself feeling ten times better when I was away from my home.

I never really got migraine headaches until mold entered my life. I used to get a lot of migraines and just thought I wasn’t eating or sleeping right. This was also another sign that there was mold in my basement. After I spent some time doing mold removal my headaches and of course all of the other symptoms went away.

There are times when almost everyone will experience depression in his or her lives. Whether it’s from the loss of a loved one or something else serious, it never dawned on me that my bouts of depression were caused by mold growing in my basement. I never even thought about it until I realized I was not the only family member suddenly experiencing depression and all of us at once for no real reason.

Mold and can a scary thing, especially when mold basements are the cause of it and it’s been left untreated for way too long. If you believe you have mold in your home whether it’s from your basement or another part of your home, please have it inspected. There is no reason why you should have to suffer from such a simple fungus.

Mold Removal Tips

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

If you believe that mold removal isn’t necessary because you know for a fact that it’s not toxic black mold invading your home, you’re mistaken. Just because a toxic mold isn’t the cause of your mold situation doesn’t mean it won’t cause a problem for your home or your health.

Despite that some funguses aren’t harmful, they can still wreak havoc on your immune system and cause you to take medications for allergies that aren’t really safe to be taking in the first place. Not to mention that in some people mold can cause a serious allergic reaction.

In addition most funguses can cause structural damage to your home, which can lead to more serious problems if the mold is left untreated.

And what about the family and friends who like to drop by unexpectedly? Do you really want them running at the sight of that shower mold or the fungal growth that’s made its home on your living room wall?

Okay, so maybe you’re not worried about or even embarrassed at your lack of desire to cleanup that moldy mess, but if you’ve got kids or pets, you may end up finding yourself in trouble for exposing them to an unhealthy environment.

And yes maybe no one has stepped foot inside of your home but that doesn’t mean that your kids won’t let your cleaning habits slip in a casual conversation. And besides, studies show that a clean home means less stress and who wouldn’t want that!

Mold Removal Tips

• First, grab yourself a pair of rubber gloves, some clean rags, a mop bucket, a scrub brush and a mold spray designed for the task at hand.

• Next, wherever you’re working at, open the windows so you’re not breathing in fumes from the cleaning product. And even if your product choice is all natural, fresh air still never hurt anyone.

• Then, put on those rubber gloves and spray that molded area and let it set for the time indicated on the product’s label.  

• Next, using a scrub brush go over the affected area to loosen the mold and then rinse with a clean wet rag.

• If you find that the mold growth is still there, you may need to reapply the product and let it set for a little while longer. If the mold is still being stubborn, chances are you’re going to need a stronger mold remover than what you already have.

• After you’ve cleaned up the mold, be sure to wash the bucket, rubber gloves and brush in hot soapy water. You can either throw away the used rags or wash them separately from your other laundry to prevent contamination. You should also do the same thing with the clothes you were wearing during cleanup. 

With the steps above, mold removal doesn’t have to be a pain and once it’s done you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning any more fungus for a very long time. Who knew cleaning up molds could be so darn easy?

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