Mold in home – How big a health problem is it?
In most of the countries, December to February is the coldest and dampest months of the year. During these months moisture and humidity can lead to anything to dampen. And unfortunately, this in turn can lead to dangerous and hazardous health issues. One of the very common problems that the human body gets caught with during these cold and moist month is Mold. Indoor mold growth is a most common problem that most of the people face during the winter months.
Walls, clothes, books, toys and even CDs - nothing is sacred when it comes to mold growth. Its seemingly insidious growth can turn prized possessions into musty, moist sadness that only look fit for the garbage.
Mold can often be found in areas where leakages and flooding have occurred and near windows where condensation builds up. Mold growth is usually noticeable - it is usually visible and often produces a musty odor.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that 10-50% of indoor environments in Europe, North America, Australia, India and Japan are estimated to be affected by indoor dampness. This figure suggests that mold could be a highly prevalent issue in locations spread across the world. The WHO say that a moldy environment is associated with and could worsen indoor air pollution - a risk factor for certain respiratory conditions.