If Mold Can Eat Wood, What Will It Do To Your Lungs?

If Mold Can Eat Wood, What Will It Do To Your Lungs?
“Mold is a serious issue. If you leave it untreated, it continues to grow. It leads to respiratory illness and it rots the wood, leaving the property valueless.” (Ian Schlake of Respond and Rebuild)
Hurricane Sandy has created significant mold problems for residents of New York and New Jersey. In addition to property damage caused by mold, it is also having a significant health impact causing respiratory illnesses. The video below highlights the issues faced by many residents dealing with mold and appeared recently on the Doctors TV Show.

Experts have estimated that mold may be present in up to 25% of homes, and 40% of American schools. The growing prevalence of house mold and mold in schools may lead to an increase in respiratory disease and other rare illnesses. In 2010, Fisk et al published a meta-analysis showing a substantially significant association between residential dampness and mold with respiratory infections and bronchitis:

“Dampness and mold in buildings are associated with moderate but statistically significant increases in respiratory infections and bronchitis. If these associations were causal, reducing dampness and mold in buildings would reduce the occurrence of respiratory infections, the most common human infections. The results of these meta-analyses provide support for recommendations by the Institute of Medicine and WHO to prevent building dampness and mold problems in buildings, and to take corrective actions where such problems occur.”
Mold is a growing concern. If you have a mold problem, it is essential that you address the problem sooner than later to preserve the value of your property, and most importantly prevent respiratory illnesses and health problems.
Here’s a short video about the mold problem in the Rockaways, one of the worst hit areas by Hurricane Sandy. The video was produced by Respond and Rebuild, a volunteer mold remediation service trying to help folks in the area.

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