From increased risk in allergies and asthma to severe immune system reactions, mold in the home is a serious problem for children. In some cases, the affect of mold exposure could even lead to death. While mold exposure can also pose health risks to adults, mold exposure in infants and children can be more dangerous that what one might guess. A child’s immune system is in development, so exposure to environmental toxins like mold can have both short- and long-term effects on their overall health.
Water-damaged homes can increase the likelihood of children encountering dangerous mold spores and developing health issues. So how should you protect your children from mold exposure?
First, identify if your home has a mold problem. If your children are exhibiting consistent symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, fever and chills, or flu-like symptoms, it’s strongly suggestive of a mold problem. Other more serious problems could also occur, so you should consult a doctor immediately if you believe your child is exhibiting these or other symptoms.
If you suspect mold is playing a role in your child’s illness, we highly encourage you to hire a professional to inspect your home for signs of dangerous mold growth. You may also consider pre-screening using an affordable home mold test kit available for purchase in most home improvement stores. Mold thrives in warm and humid environments, so damp areas in the home (bathrooms, kitchens, basements) are the most likely places to find household mold. A musty smell and/or water stains may be an indicator of mold growth. If spores are detected, begin a mold remediation process by contacting a professional in your area.
Mold remediation can be expensive, so we recommend keeping your home mold-free and safe for your children’s health by preventing the growth of mold from day one. Using dehumidifiers as needed, opening doors between rooms to increase circulation, and fixing any existing leaks are all general ways to prevent mold growth. In kitchens and bathrooms, use exhaust fans whenever you are cooking or taking a shower. Check for leaks around sinks, toilets, and shower pipes and avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or kitchen counter. In basements, it is best to install a moisture barrier in the walls and even floors before drywall or flooring is applied.
Mold is sometimes difficult to detect because it often goes unseen, but it is not something to ignore. Another way to prevent mold growth is with DriBot. DriBot can detect leaks in pipes in your home and send you an alert so you can act before significant damage and mold growth can occur. DriBot also uses a Triplex Sump Pump System to ensure you always have one or more pumps running when you need it. With its Dual Backup Battery capabilities, your sump pit won’t overflow during power loss, keeping your basement dry and eliminating the chance for mold to grow.