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5 Warning Signs of Mold Growth to Protect Your Immunity

Posted in Mold, on April 16, 2020

Protecting and keeping our immune systems healthy has never been more important - during the COVID-10 pandemic, many of us at home are looking to new ways we can improve our indoor environment and support our immune system. Often forgotten because it’s invisible, indoor air quality plays a huge role in our overall health and wellness. It affects our external features and organs, like our skin, eyes, and hair, but good air quality also affects us inside - our respiratory and brain health. 

How Does Mold Affect Immunity?

Mold growth plays a huge role in indoor air quality - because it reproduces with airborne spores, indoor air quality mold testing is one of the best ways of determining if there is mold growth in your home. Mold can affect the wellness of otherwise healthy people, causing irritation and inflammation in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make people drowsy, confused, headachy, and mimic the symptoms of colds and flus. 

This constant need for attention from the body lowers its defences - the immune system can become run down and less able to fight off viral or bacterial infections. 

5 Warning Signs of Mold Growth

There are a couple of signs that mold may be a problem in your home. By keeping watch for these problems, you can often catch a mold infestation in its early stages and have it removed before it becomes a serious problem. 

  • Odour. Using your nose is the easiest way to find a mold infestation - mold has a distinctive musty odour. 
  • Spots, patches, and growths. While we’re all familiar with the types of mold that grow inside a forgotten lunch bag, household mold can look very different. It may be velvety, slick, leathery, or cottony; it can be blue, black, white, green, or yellow; it can grow as a patch, freckles, or like a stain. If you suspect an area is mold, a mold inspection in Toronto is the only way to know for sure. 
  • Water. If you’ve had a flood, a water leak, standing water or condensation and humidity issues, mold is frequently found in the weeks and months afterwards. 
  • Year-long allergies. If you have allergies that don’t seem to wane with the pollen or ragweed season, it might not actually be allergies - mold’s symptoms mimic many common allergy effects. 
  • Exterior problems. One of the first things we do at SafeAir when doing mold testing is look at the exterior of the house - interior mold problems are often caused by areas with excess water, clogged downspouts, or areas with overhanging trees. 

Keep your Home Mold-Free with SafeAir

Mold inspection in Toronto can help you ease the load on your immune system - it’s more important than ever to stay healthy, and by boosting your home’s health and wellness, you can make it easier for your family to breathe deeply. At this time, SafeAir remains open to serving our clients, with extra precautions, including vigorous handwashing, sanitation, protective uniforms, and social distancing during home visits. We’re here to help you support your health during this difficult time. For more information on mold testing in Toronto, call us at 416-414-5690.

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