Florida Health

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Mold and Florida Health

Depending on where you live in Florida, you will almost certainly come into contact with mold. That's because the state is surrounded by ocean and sports a sub-tropical climate with frequent rain, and foliage that keeps low ground damp. Moisture is one of the key ingredients in the proliferation of mold.

Floridians know about mold and what it looks like on their homes. Many even know how it can affect their health. For example, many buildings in Florida have been tested for mold infestation. I attended college classes Daytona Beach in the late 90s, and two rooms were closed for several weeks while they were stripped so that mold infestations could be remediated.

Florida Health Issues

One of the reasons those rooms were inspected was that students and teachers alike were complaining about a musty odor and allergy-like symptoms. Some molds can cause such symptoms even if there is no visible evidence of the fungi. For most people, the symptoms are not serious, but they can last for months or even years if the mold problem is not corrected. If a person has a compromised immune system, mold in the air that gets into his lungs can be a serious matter.

Floridians need to know how to minimize mold problems in their homes. The most effective way to reduce mold is to keep a Florida home as moisture free as possible. Dehumidifiers can help. So can making sure the air conditioner is not turned too high because the cold air meeting warm windows and walls can cause moisture to form. Checking for roof leaks is critical as is wiping down the tub after a shower or bath. If you are doing all of these things and still suspect that mold may be the cause of your symptoms, it is important to obtain the services of a mold inspector. Some Florida health issues can be greatly improved with the reduction of mold in your environment.

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