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Making the family sick

Is Your Home Making Your Family Sick?

Learn why something seemingly harmless could be damaging your family’s health.

There could be something lurking in your home that is actually making your family  ill – and you wouldn’t even know about it.

It can lurk anywhere – including bathrooms and kitchens, especially under sinks – particularly leaky ones.

Behind or under appliances that hide slow plumbing leaks (refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.)

Roof leaks, around windows where condensation collects, high humidity areas of your home, and even fabrics and carpets – through leaks or through bad/cheap cleaning, caused by over wetting.

Bad Cleaning Has Consequences

We are of course talking about mould, and in this article we are going to focus on bad cleaning.

You may have experienced this before? Maybe you found a cleaning company’s website and saw their cheap prices.

It can happen to all of us.

What Mould Can do to Your Health

What mold can do to your family –it’s not just harmless black spots. It can cause:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headache, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and visual disturbances
  • Immune system disturbances and fatigue
  • GI problems
  • Shortness of breath

How Mould Travels in Your Home

Fungi grow by releasing reproductive cells (spores) into the air, just as plants reproduce by spreading seeds.

The airborne spores are invisible to the naked eye, which is a major reason mold is such a problem.

It is not uncommon to find hundreds or even thousands of mold spores per cubic foot of indoor air.

Spores are extremely small – 20 million spores would fit on a postage stamp. visit

Spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dryness, that do not support normal mould growth.

Many spores can lie dormant for decades until favorable conditions allow them to spring back to life.

Types of Molds

Mould is a type of fungus, as are mushrooms and yeast.

There are thousands of types of fungi and of these, scientists have identified more than 1,000 types of mold growing inside houses:

Molds are classified into three groups according to human responses:

  • Allergenic Molds: These don’t usually produce life-threatening effects but are most problematic if you are allergic or asthmatic. Children are particularly susceptible to mould allergies.
  • Pathogenic Molds: These produce some sort of infection, which is of particular concern if your immune system is suppressed.
  • Toxic Molds: These dangerous molds produce mycotoxins, which can have serious health effects on almost anyone. Mycotoxins are toxins produced by some species of mold (myco means fungal). These mycotoxins are some of the most toxic substances in existence.

Avoid Damp Carpets

Damp carpets are a breading ground for mold and potentially very unhealthy for your family.

If you have had a bad experience with a cleaner – using cheap, weak equipment, thus leaving your carpets too wet – often for days on end.

Next time make sure that they really do have the most powerful cleaning system available (regardless of them saying so on their websites – it’s just sales talk).

This way you should never get a serious mould problem – possibly giving you health issues.

If the equipment is  not the most powerful, then it simply cannot extract as much moisture possible.

Call  250-756-4109 for professional carpet cleaning services.

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