How Do I Prevent Black Mold Growth in My Home?

Most Georgia homeowners do not want to hear that they have black mold growing in their homes. Black mold is considered to be toxic and a significant health hazard. However, there are numerous other types of mold species that can take up residence in your home and cause health risks to you and your family.  No matter what kind of mold you may have discovered in your Georgia home, it needs to be removed and steps taken to prevent further growth.  Mold growth of any kind can lead to a risk of increased allergies, toxic health issues and adversely affect your homes structure safety.

Indoor Mold Growth Linked To Health Issues

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has linked the exposure to indoor molds to an increase in upper respiratory tract illness, an increase in asthma symptoms to those who suffer from asthma, as well as an increase in reported coughing and wheezing in those who were previously healthy and without symptoms. In children without previous illness or disease it was found that exposure to indoor mold caused respiratory illness. For those adults and children who are ill or who have their immune system compromised, mold exposure can cause the development of asthma, shortness of breath, serious respiratory illness and even affect cognitive functioning such as memory loss.

Mold is not only a problem in Georgia, but also across the country and around the world with the World Health Organization (WHO) providing guidelines regarding dampness and mold.  It is important to inspect your home for the presence of mold growth on a regular basis, and to monitor the indoor humidity levels of different areas of your home.

Improper Roof Ventilation Promotes Mold Growth

Once discovered, the mold needs to be removed and prevention practices put into place. Your Cumming and Dawsonville roofer offers free roofing inspections that include checking your attic and roof structure for dampness, humidity, ventilation and any signs of mold or decay.  If you have a roof leak and faulty roof ventilation you will develop increased humidity which is a breeding ground for mold.

Free Georgia Roofing Inspection Covers Health Status of Roof Structure

Proper ventilation of your attic or crawl space is key in the control of humidity or moisture buildup. Many home roofs were built or repaired where the air flow is inadequate. Improperly ventilated roofs trap moisture within the insulation and wood; combine the moisture with heat that has risen up and been trapped as well, and mold will take up residence. A roof leak may alert you to a problem that has been growing undetected for months or even years. A  free Georgia roofing and mold inspection from your North Atlanta roofer Cornerstone will put you on the road to repairing problems, correcting inadequate ventilation, and preventing mold growth.

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