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Mold - Is It A Real Health Concern Or Not?

Mold - Is It A Real Health Concern Or Not? | Water And Mold Damage News | Scoop.it
Nearly everyone has heard of horror stories with mold in homes or a business, but a lot of people still aren’t sure if mold can be a serious issue. Some folks think that it’s been blown out of proportion or that the stories have been made to sound worse than it actually was. We’ve collected some authoritative sources to help you decide once and for all if mold is a real health concern or not. First off, here’s what the EPA has to say: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home | Mold and Moisture | US Environmental Protection Agency Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home | Mold and Moisture | US Environmental Protection Agency So, for most people mold in confined spaces can cause actual problems – and make existing medical issues worse. Additionally, it will really wreak havoc with materials that it comes into contact with – literally destroying anything that it grows on! CDC – Mold – General Information – Basic Facts Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and …
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Wondering whether mold is a real concern for you or your families health? Check out this article to see what the EPA and CDC have decided...

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Water Damage Resources

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Over the coming months, Origin Water Pros will be updating it’s news section to include a library of water damage resources. This area will cover and include the following and more: water damage preparation mold removal steps how-to videos review videos of equipment how to articles interviews steps to take during specific problems off site locations for help and further diagnosis of problems Bookmark our news page – we’re working to help make it a great resource. Also, don’t forget to visit out YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdgzf1F9bnprXtymN-g9cDw/about    
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Top Reasons For Burst Pipes – Origin Water Professionals

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Water in your home or business is never good, but learning about it ahead of time can save you time and money. By knowing what the top causes are for burst pipes you can hopefully avoid the problems that plague property owners, especially in the winter. Top Reason Pipes Break Science behind it: Water is fairly unique. As it cools past the freezing point and transitions from a liquid to a solid it actually expands. So, if your pipes freeze and they have no way to drain or relieve the pressure – they’re going to break as the water expands. Pipe bursting science video here: http://youtu.be/4i5r65QGUpw Water pressure too high: While new pipes can typically withstand whatever you throw at them, older pipes cannot handle high pressures. Whether it’s the material used or a weakness in the pipe, it may be necessary to limit the pressure via a pressure limiting valve to make the system safe. Concrete poured directly onto pipes: Pouring concrete directly onto pipes can cause a myriad of issues. Short story up front – don’t do it. Backed up plumbing: The top reasons for this is an issue with sewage draining. If you’re not using a tank then it’s likely that your pipes have been compromised outside of the house and you will need to have them cleared or replaced. Not doing so not only poses a health risk but can also lead to problems with other pipes. Previous repairs to the pipe: As bad as this sounds, what it really means is that repairs need to be done right the first time. Incomplete or shoddy repairs can easily lead to further problems down the road. Introducing new weak points or letting a small amount of water leak through a bad join will result in the pipe failing again and again. If you are in the US and need water damage or mold removal help, visit our site today for more information: http://originwaterpros.com/service-locations/ If you’re ready for assistance and want to submit a free quote form, visit our quote page: http://originwaterpros.com/service-quote/
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Being prepared is important - start learning the basics behind water damage and be prepared when bad things happen.

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Woman fights for insurance money for water, mold damage; wins ...

Woman fights for insurance money for water, mold damage; wins ... | Water And Mold Damage News | Scoop.it
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Our homes are typically the most expensive things we will ever invest in. That is why we pay big bucks to protect them with insurance. But when disaster strikes, insurance policies don't always pay out ...
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Glad to hear that someone got some insurance money for something that most people should likely get help with!

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