Is your family struggling with allergies in spring? You may be looking at mold as a cause. There is nothing worse than being plagued with allergies and no one wants to live a life where they have to take an antihistamine every day or run the risk of burning through an entire box of tissues. So, how can you go about finding out whether mold is causing your families problems and how can you check for mold?
Signs It Is Mold
Coughing & Sneezing – Are you constantly sneezing and coughing? You may have blamed the cold, but it could be more than that. If these are ongoing symptoms it may be a mold allergy that’s causing you problems. It doesn’t take long for a scratchy throat to crop up and your nasal passages to get irritated.
Skin Rashes – When professionals come in to handle mold remediation they wear protective clothing to avoid touching mold spores. One of the reasons for this is that mold causes skin irritations and rashes. While it may initially only affect the hands, it can spread and it does so quickly. It generally leaves you itchy with a nasty red rash and raised bumps.
Watery, Red Eyes – If you are experiencing red, watery eyes you’ll need to take notice of how long it lasts. Generally, mold caused itchy eyes over time. Eye drops can help reduce the irritation, but a doctor will likely provide you with allergy medication as well.
Snow – It’s common for allergy sufferers to say goodbye to symptoms as the summer months slip away, but they often reappear on spring’s dampest days. This could be due to snow mold. Areas that experience frost and snow often experience mold issues that other areas don’t. This is because the fungus has the perfect atmosphere to grow on grass and other organic matter beneath the surface of frost, ice, and snow. This is most common when there isn’t a complete freeze. What does it look like? A lot like cobwebs and it leaves your grass with big circular patches of discolored, dying (and dead) grass. It can happen at any time of year, but it’s common during spring months as everything thaws.
How To Check For Mold
- First, head to your basement, attic, and crawl spaces to do a bit of investigating. These are the most likely areas to fall prey to mold, just be sure to wear a mask, goggles, and gloves just in case you do come across an outbreak.
- You should also walk the perimeter of your home to make sure there aren’t cracks on the outside of your home allowing moisture in. Ensure water run-off leads away from the foundation.
- Now you can take a walk around the inside of your home – start with the laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen as these are prime spots for mold growth.
- Finally, you can call in the professionals and allow them to take samples that will determine whether you have a mold problem. In addition to taking air samples, they can also take scrapings for testing.