Mold-Infested Carpets: Health Risks

by | Apr 6, 2021 | Mold Damage, mold repair, Reconstruction, Remodeling | 0 comments

Mold infestation is a common problem in houses with high humidity levels. Under favorable conditions, mold can grow and spread quickly and eventually make life in your home a nightmare. 

Have you noticed black, brown, or pink, smelly, fluffy growth with your house? These could be mold growth. With appropriate moisture levels, mold colonies can thrive anywhere within your home, from carpets to clothes.

Soaked carpets present the perfect breeding ground for microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, and mold. If left unchecked, mold and bacterial growth on carpets can turn detrimental to your health. Mold growth in crawl spaces or any other spots in your home is less deadly than mold growth in carpets because the continuous foot traffic can help mold spores to propel throughout your house. 

Mold-infested carpets can trigger the following health concerns.  

 Allergies and Asthma

Though there is no conclusive study or evidence that directly links mold growth to asthma and allergies, mold and mildew that thrive on carpets for a prolonged duration can push out mold spores, which can trigger allergic reactions when inhaled and asthma.

Inhaling mold spores can cause the mucous membranes and nasal passages to swell up, causing difficulty breathing or excessive coughing and sneezing.

Dirty carpets can have a detrimental effect on the air quality, and prolonged inhalation can second asthma attacks.

Infection

Living in a damp and moldy house can harm your health and increase the risk of respiratory infections. Some examples of diseases from exposure to moldy carpets are listed below:

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a lung disease diagnosed in people allergic to aspergillus (mold species). The immune system of the allergic patient overreacts to aspergillus, causing lung inflammation.

Athlete’s foot: walking on moldy carpets can cause the parasites to enter your body through the abrasions on the skin surface, leading to an itchy or infected foot.

Respiratory problems

Emphysema, asthma, and tuberculosis are a few examples of mold-induced respiratory problems. Wheezing and shortness of breath are symptoms triggered by inhaling mold and mildew for a longer duration, and with time, you can develop a condition called bronchoconstriction.

Skin irritation

Ruffling of moldy carpets disturbs and supports mold spores to be distributed throughout the rooms. When the mold spores contact your skin, it could lead to skin conditions such as eczema and hives.

Neurological symptoms

Unchecked moldy conditions can lead to neurological health conditions that could eventually require serious medical attention. Memory loss, fatigue, lethargy, migraines, and mood changes are examples of some neurological disorders triggered by mold growth.

Frequent allergies, musty smell, colored spots are some of the few signs that indicate mold growth. Keep an eye out for these indicators and ensure that you take prompt actions.

Treating water-damaged carpets within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to water is the best way to prevent mold growth and thwart any corresponding health concerns. A dirt carpet does not just look ugly; it can house millions of health-threatening mycotoxins. Hiring a mold removal specialist is the best way to eliminate carpet mold growth. 

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