Toxic Mold Exposure – What to Do

Toxic mold is the term applied to several types of mold that can invade homes, commercial buildings, and schools, causing illness and triggering asthma. There are several types of mold that can cause illness, including:

  • Stachybotrys atra
  • Aspergillus
  • Chaetomium
  • Penicillium

The mold that has gained the most attention recently is stachybotrys atra, also known as black mold. Black mold has been linked to several adverse health conditions, including asthma, sinus infections, and brain damage.

Toxic Mold Exposure

Exposure to toxic mold can occur anywhere there is moisture present. As a result, it is important to control moisture in homes, schools, and other buildings in order to prevent illness. Moisture can accumulate in:

  • Showers
  • Flooring
  • Sinks - plumbing leaks contribute to excess moisture
  • Air ducts
  • Carpet
  • Kitchens - moisture from cooking contributes to mold growth

Preventing Toxic Mold Side Effects

In order to prevent the growth of toxic mold, it is important to control moisture. The following are among the measures you can take to do this:

  • Fix plumbing leaks immediately
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and in the kitchen when cooking
  • Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce moisture
  • Open windows to increase air circulation
  • Use insulation to increase the temperature of cold surfaces that can collect moisture

Find a Local Toxic Mold Attorney

Sometimes, steps to prevent toxic mold exposure are not enough. If you believe that you or a member of your family has been harmed by exposure to black mold, or another form of toxic mold, you are invited to contact a local chemical exposure attorney for more information about your legal rights and options.

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