Mold plays an important role in breaking down and devouring dead organic materials outside your home. Inside, mold becomes a serious health concern.
Mold spores are a common allergen, primarily affecting the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. Common symptoms of mold exposure, even in small amounts, include:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat
- Mysterious skin rashes
- Sinus & respiratory infections
- Headaches & fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Chronic aches and pains
- Gastric distress
Those most at risk include infants, young children, the elderly and pregnant women. Other high risk individuals are those with severe allergies or asthma, other respiratory conditions and compromised immune systems.
Breaking the Mold
Selling – Because everyone’s level of immunity sensitivity is different, hidden mold has the potential to make your buyer extremely ill. Having your home professionally tested for mold is the responsible thing to do.
Buying – If you’re considering a home that may have mold, ask for a mold inspection and speak to your agent about adding “mold clause” in your contract.