The association of Mold and Asthma has been an ongoing topic of research in the medical community. Attempts to study the relationship specifically with children with asthma and their exposure to mold has been difficult as only a few studies actually use in home inspection in their studies. In October 2014 a study was published in Pediatrics that did just that. Structured home inspections were performed intermittently on homes of children from the age of 5 months to 6 years old. The results provided information that moisture damage and mold exposure during the early parts of children’s lives were strongly correlated with the development of asthma! For more information, check out the study here.
The CDC estimates that in New Jersey 42.2% of the population suffers from intermittent asthma symptoms while 57.8% suffer from persistent asthma, that’s almost 50% across the board! This is why it is SO important to have your home tested for mold, if we can prevent asthma and its many symptoms before it happens, we would make for a healthier New Jersey. Seen or unseen, mold can cause damage and when untreated and left to grow over time it can cause many symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, allergies, asthma etc.
We suggest that you call us for an inspection if you or your family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, recently purchased a new home/office, experienced water damage in the home, see surface mold or smell a musty smell. We will be sure to ease your mind with a total inspection, determine which type of mold is present and at what levels and find the location of the problem. From there we can point you in the right direction to get rid of the mold and create a healthy environment for you and your family!