Mold & Mildew
Water seepage and high indoor humidity are the sources of mold and mildew in the home, both of which can lead to a variety of health problems. And older, poorly insulated buildings are a magnet for them.
Mildew is visible, but mold isn't; it reproduces by means of tiny spores that float through the air. Exposure to mold can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs; inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause immediate or delayed allergic reactions like sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash, or asthma attacks in asthmatics who are allergic to it.
Recognizing the health risks posed by the presence of mold and mildew is the first step. Armed with this knowledge, we can educate the public in the subject of their prevention and control, especially in houses and apartment buildings where lack of maintenance and poor insulation encourage their growth.
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