At Benchmark Environmental Engineering, we can help you in San Jose and the Bay Area with your concerns over mold. That musty smell in the carpet might be from more than just age. Recent storm damage can leave your family with more than just a little cleanup. The sniffles you only seem to get at work might not be a coincidence. Mold is a little organism that can cause big problems if not detected and treated.
Mold Health Risks
The health risks associated with mold exposure range from minor irritations to death in particularly sensitive individuals. So, it’s important to know the adverse health effects of ignoring existing mold growth. Being around mold can increase your sensitivity to it in the long run. This means you are more likely to be affected by these illnesses in the future. Just some of these mold health risks include the following:
- Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
- Respiratory Infections
- Neurological Problems
- Allergic Reactions
- Sinus Infections
- Asthma Attacks
Symptoms Of Mold Exposure
Symptoms of mold exposure can be tricky to recognize. They are not uncommon. As a matter of fact, they sound a lot like the symptoms listed on an allergy medication package. An itchy or sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, irritated eyes, persistent cough or wheezing, and skin irritation can all mean you have been in contact with mold. They can also mean you are experiencing regular seasonal allergies. So, how can you stay safe and be sure?
Protect Yourself From Toxic Mold
First, it’s important to realize that mold, including black mold, grows best around moisture. If you live or work in a damp environment and experience any of the above symptoms, they may be mold related. Homes that have been exposed to flooding can also be havens for mold hazards and illness if not cleaned up properly. So, a professional mold assessment after bad weather or indoor leak repairs may be your best line of defense.
Worried About Mold?
If you see visible signs of mold or fungus growth in your environment and are worried about possible black mold illnesses or other health risks, we can help. Mold and its associated health concerns are easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for and where. Contact us today to schedule mold testing at your home or office. Our experienced professionals look forward to keeping you and your bay area home safe.