Respiratory problems, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing can be caused by any number of things, it could be caused by:
Something as simple as a cold
When the problem is allergies, the symptoms could be caused by pollens, dust or mold. When mold is the culprit, it can increase the intensity and frequency of all of the illnesses or conditions listed above.
Real life example
This is a communication between a client and me in regard to a respiratory problem from a tenant.
Thank you for having me out to your client’s home to figure out what might be causing some of their respiratory issues.
I am not a medical professional, but in the course of my mold investigation I did notice that the level of humidity in their apartment is on the high side, possibly creating an environment conducive to organic growth.
There was some evidence of organic growth under their mattress, but nowhere else was anything visible. There are some other factors too that might be contributing and I have listed them out and thoughts on ways to keep these things in check in the attachment.
I believe that if the tenants give some consideration to the ideas in that attachment as well as you possibly providing them with a dehumidifier to keep moisture content of air down, (between 40 and 50% is what we want to see, higher than that creates conditions for mold growth). There may be some dust issues there as well, which can create allergic reactions for folks and is easily rectified.
You don’t have to be someone who suffers from asthma or other respiratory problems, you don’t have to be a certain age or a certain gender…you just have to be someone who breathes to be affected by the growth of mold in your home, business, school or any other place where you spend a lot of time.
The fact is, just about anyone could be at risk.
We all know that mold requires organic material for food and growth, but even more necessary to its survival is moisture.
The thing about moisture…
In many people’s homes, due to types of heating or other circumstances, the air is too dry, which for some causes dry, itchy skin and even bloody noses. So, in order to avoid this, they run humidifiers or keep tea kettles simmering on the stove to put moisture into the air.
This type of activity can put too much moisture into the air and can be just what mold spores want and need for growth and reproduction.
So where do you draw the line?
How can you reduce moisture in your home to prevent mold growth?
The humidity in your home should be below 60%. There are inexpensive instruments available in hardware stores, called hygrometers, that can do the measuring for you.
Determine ways to increase air circulation in your home:
Keep doors between rooms open
Keep furniture from being pushed up against walls
Use ceiling fans
If you have concrete floors in your basement, consider painting them
Always use a ventilation fan when showering and in addition, open a window
Don’t leave your damp towels in a heap on the floor
Using a dehumidifier will help eliminate excess moisture from your home
Make sure your attic and crawl spaces are well ventilated
Keep outside sprinklers from watering the walls of your home
Along with keeping your moisture levels within healthy guidelines…repairing leaks and other water damage immediately will help prevent the growth of mold.
Don’t let mold compromise yours or your family’s health, give us a call for a free assessment.