Mold is a sneaky troublemaker that often goes unnoticed. It can wreak havoc on your home and your health. Especially in hot and humid places like the Middle East, moisture and mold are common issues. After six years of inspecting homes in the region, we've seen that nearly every home has a mold problem.
We believe it's a significant issue that should be tackled nationally. Implementing mold removal and prevention measures in architectural codes can guide developers toward better design strategies and materials for construction. In this way, we can stop mold from taking hold.
This article is here to help homeowners and companies create healthier living spaces. We'll explore mold, its health effects, common design mistakes, and seven solutions to keep your home mold-free and healthy.
Mold is a type of fungi, and fungi make up a substantial portion of Earth's living organisms. When conditions are damp indoors, certain types of mold, including ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, and zygomycetes, can start to grow. They thrive when moisture is abundant. Mold spreads by breaking down materials found in your home, such as cellulose, starches, and sugars.
Mold can produce mycotoxins to protect its food source, which can harm your health. This can lead to a condition called Non-Specific Building Related Illness (NSBRI), where it's challenging to pinpoint the exact source of illness, but mold is often involved. Mold exposure can result in symptoms like:
Dr. Al Zarouni, as cited in The National News article in Abu Dhabi, explains that mold allergies can cause watery eyes, chronic coughs, headaches, breathing difficulties, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal congestion, and frequent sneezing.
By following these design strategies, you can keep mold at bay and create a healthier living environment for your family. Mold removal and a focus on indoor air quality are essential aspects of home care and healthy living.
Valentina Cereda is the Founder of Energy & Space, has worked as an Architect for the past 15 years, and designed and delivered spaces for some of the biggest names in corporate, hospitality, and residential developments. The Healthy Home is glad to partner up with her to provide premium EMF services to diagnose the overall health of your home. Elevate to a healthy living environment today!
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