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MOLD! - December 28th 2013, 11:16 PM

So, we have been having a lot of trouble with mold at our house, mainly in the bathrooms. It is mainly black and brown and it is EVERYWHERE. The house is quite old, so the plumbing is pretty bad. No matter how much I clean, it always grows back. We don't have enough money to fix the problem. So, I've been wondering- is mold bad for your health?

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Re: MOLD! - December 28th 2013, 11:34 PM


It really depends on the mold as to how it affects your health. Some are worse than others. There's a type of mold called Black Toxic Mold which is quite harmful and causes a whole load of respiratory problems, it's also incredibly hard to get rid of as the spores stick around for ages even after a thorough cleaning.

I'm not sure where you live but I know in the UK if you go and see the council and ask to speak to someone in the environmental health department then they'll send somebody out to clean it using special equipment. Not sure how much they charge for this but they usually do discounts for people who don't have a large income. Perhaps you could look into that, or something similar if you live outside of the UK.

I'm assuming your house isn't rented but if it is then your landlord has a responsibility to take care of this.

But to answer your main question further; yes mold can be bad for your health and can cause respiratory illnesses such as asthma, allergies and can cause frequent infections like chest infections. If you notice that you're getting any of these more frequently I would strongly suggest trying to find some way of getting a professional in to deal with it. However, health issues are usually more common in people who have weakened immune systems so if you're quite healthy then you may not notice any adverse affects right away.

Also, when you're cleaning the mold it may help if you get one of those face masks to avoid your breathing in the spores.

I hope you get it all taken care of soon, good luck!
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Re: MOLD! - December 29th 2013, 08:35 PM

I dont know how much of use this will be or anything like that I've never tried it but someone once told me the product 'Milton' is good for cleaning mould. I have some mould on the windows in my room for where they've condensed up and dried and this is like quite easy to get rid of with a cloth and some cream cleanser or some similar cleaning product.

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