Carpet Mold: The Hidden Health Risk
Why is mold bad?
Molds are a major source of allergens. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, dripping nose, swollen red eyes, and skin rash. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also be the culprit that triggers asthma attacks in people. In addition, mold may irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.
Carpet at Risk
Carpeting is a part of the home that can be at high risk for mold growth. In order to flourish, mold needs dampness, oxygen, a food source, and a place to grow on. Mold spores are often found naturally in the air. If spores rest on a moist spot indoors that contains dirt for them to feed on, mold growth is sure to come. Normal carpeting, as well as throw rugs, can provide an abundant breeding ground for mold if conditions are right. At especially high risk for mold growth are carpets located below ground level in basements, carpet in homes located in moist or damp climates, and carpet that has been wet for any period of time.
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