Weather it’s a small appliance leak or a major flood, Lakeland water damage can cause a lot of hazardous threats to your health. Aside from the unpleasant odor and the mold growth usually associated with water damage, there is a host of other water damage effects that can make a house or a building unfit and unsanitary to live and work in.
High indoor humidity
Remember how you always feel bad when the air is too humid outside of your homes? Imagine this happening inside your very homes when you’ve put every dehumidifier you can think of. When indoor humidity is too high, moisture in the air will condense on the surface in the form of water. Home and building owners don’t usually notice this type of water damage because they appear behind walls and in the ceilings, for example.
If not detected, water damage such as this can cause mold growth and structural damage. If you are not afraid of mold growth in your homes, you are sorely mistaken. This can cause respiratory problems and allergies.
Sensitivity to mold
People who are sensitive to mold can have a worst adverse health reaction to Lakeland water damage. For people who are sensitive to the presence of mold, it can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, and skin irritation. In extreme cases, for immune-compromised people with chronic lung illnesses such as obstructive lung disease, they may get serious infections in their lungs once they are exposed to mold.
People who suffer from chronic diseases should stay away from mold-infected areas such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.
Upper respiratory tract symptoms
In a study done by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2004, it found out that the presence of mold is directly correlated to upper respiratory tract symptoms for those exposed to it. These symptoms include cough and wheeze, asthmatic symptoms, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
Healthy people, especially children, who are exposed to mold can also experience these symptoms, as well as those with existing asthma conditions and individuals susceptible to other immune conditions.
But it’s not only mold growth that can cause health hazards to people. The same study by IOM found out that there are “limited or suggestive evidence” that can link certain adverse health reactions to indoor dampness. These are shortness of breath, respiratory illness to healthy individuals, and the potential development of asthma to those susceptible to it.
Other health effects
There are other health effects of water damage and mold that can affect an individual’s health. These are acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage among infants, memory loss, lethargy, and other adverse health effects.
To better control the effects of water damage and mold to your health, you have to know more about how it spreads and how it starts. Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter through your doorways, windows, vents, and both the heating and airconditioning systems. When you are exposed to mold, it can cling to your clothing, shoes, bags, and pets. Through these, you can carry the mold indoors and into your homes.