If you smell a musty, moldy odor in your home or business, don’t attempt to cover it up with air fresheners, carpet sprays or scented candles. These solutions to freshen your indoor air quality are only temporary and come with their own health risks. Research from Columbia University suggests that increased exposure to phthalates, a chemical often found in air fresheners, can cause behavioral problems and even reduced IQs in children (1). According to the EPA, certain scented or aromatherapy candles actually contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins (2).
If You Can Smell it, There’s Already a Problem
If there is a noticeable musty odor indoors, you already have a high enough concentration of mold spores in the air that’s worth calling a professional for help. Exposure to these air borne spores can exasperate allergies and increase symptoms such as respiratory problems, throat irritation, coughing and even headaches. By covering up these smells instead of addressing them, you’re allowing the mold infestation to continue to grow and spread to other parts of the property.
Mold Affects More Than the Air
Mold can also cause considerable damage to your property. Porous materials such as carpeting or wallboard can be completely eaten away. Structural wood may even be compromised if the infestation is severe enough. The longer you wait to call a professional for mold remediation services, the more damage that accrues. Especially if your property has a history of water damage, leaks or flooding, this creates an ideal environment for mold to take hold. It is crucial to get professional emergency drying services for your building in order to prevent or remove mold.
What Can You Do?
Call ServiceMaster Advantage in the Houston area for mold remediation and removal services if you see mold patches or even smell them. We’ll get to the source of the mold problem and use state of the art techniques and equipment to clean the various materials affected by the mold. In addition to our mold removal services, we offer mold prevention services to help keep it from returning. This will effectively eliminate odors, reduce allergy symptoms and prevent ongoing structural damage.
- CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, MATERNAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Dec. 10 2014: Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQ
- EPA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Jan. 2001: Candles And Incense As Potential Sources Of Indoor Air Pollution: Market Analysis And Literature Review