Asthma and Untreated Flood Damage
Untreated flood damage can affect the health. (Photo Credits)
When flooding hits a home or any structure, it is important that the whole affected area be treated and restored immediately. Full drying and disinfection should be undertaken to avoid the many menaces that flooding can bring about.
Within two days of not fully drying a flooded area, molds and fungus can grow. Such organisms can cause various diseases and even trigger allergies and asthma.
Web MD published an article on the correlation of mold exposure and asthma onset and attacks, particularly on children.
“Mold has been linked to asthma before. So have other irritants such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, and furry or feathery pets. A family history of asthma or hay fever give children genes that raises a kids’ risk of being susceptible to environmental triggers to asthma, say the researchers. You don’t have to see mold for it to cause problems. The smell alone can be bad enough, the research shows. Stamp Out Dampness, Mold. Household mold odor increased kids’ asthma risk about 2.5 times, according to the study. No connection was seen between asthma and homes’ visible mold, water damage, or the presence of moisture, like wet spots in the home.”
Here’s the whole article.
The National Institutes of Health also published studies correlating asthma attacks and mold exposure.
“Three particular species of mold were most associated with asthma: Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile. The home inspection team also looked and smelled for evidence of mold. Sometimes even homes with no sign of mold were found to have high ERMI values and result in the development of asthma. Other studies have shown that many homes with high ERMI values have undetected mold problems and that remediating those homes improves children’s asthma. The association between the trio of molds and asthma doesn’t prove that the molds cause asthma on their own. But it does provide strong evidence that indoor mold can contribute to asthma development.”
Read the study here.
Dampness and Molds
The British Government’s National Health Services advises its constituents to ensure that dampness is prevented around their homes, and that if ever there is dampness brought about by flooding or water damage, it should be dealt with by professional flood damage restorers. More info here
“A newly-built home may be damp if the water used when building it is still drying out – for example, in the plaster on the walls. Excess moisture indoors can also be caused by condensation. If you have mould or damp it’s important to find out why you have excess moisture in your home. When you know what’s causing the damp, you can make sure your home is repaired or take steps to limit the moisture in the air. You may need to get a professional to remove mould for you, but if it’s only a small amount you may be able to remove it yourself.”
Check out the rest of the material here.
When a home has been hit by flood damage, it is important that it be addressed immediately, on a professional level as much as possible to mitigate further issues, and prevent health problems.