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Thursday 23 May 2019

Health Issues Caused By Carpet Water Damage

Posted by at 9:00 AM

We can all agree, water damage of any kind is devastating and troublesome.  However, water damage to carpeting may be the most destructive of all. Why? Because carpet water damage affects both your physical property AND your physical health. Wet carpeting is infamous for exposing dander, allergens, mold and mildew spores to the air. For some individuals, mold exposure can cause serious health issues, especially for those with suppressed immune systems.

To decrease the exposure to dangerous irritants and mold spores caused by carpet water damage, call Accutech Restoration to dry out your flooring immediately. All Accutech staff members are certified and insured, and guarantee to stop the damage before it starts!

Beware! Allergic Reactions are The Most Common Health Problem Caused by Carpet Water Damage

The most common symptoms of mold exposure are allergy and irritation. As mold and mildew spores are dispersed through the air and inhaled, allergic reactions occur due to an inflammation stimulated by the body’s histamine response to the spores. This then causes the mucus membranes and nasal passages to swell, thus invoking symptoms of sneezing, congestion, coughing, in addition to, watery and itchy eyes. The mold exposure due to carpet water damage can also cause throat irritation, sinus congestion, and allergic skin rashes.

Carpet Water Damage Can Lead to Numerous Respiratory Complications

Individuals with severe respiratory conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, or cystic fybrosis may be more susceptible to health difficulties stemming from mold exposure. The inhalation of mildew and mold spores can cause bronchial contractions in the lungs. This can then advance to shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, or even a severe asthma attack. And asthmatics have an even greater risk; with lungs already damaged by their chronic condition, they are more likely to develop a fungal infection from the carpet water damage mold growth. A serious fungal mass called aspergilloma can penetrate the ears, sinuses, and lungs, causing permanent deterioration of the airways and lungs.

Skin Conditions Are Just Another Ramification of Carpet Water Damage

Mold and mildew circulation through the air, and direct skin contact with carpet can cause irritating skin conditions that last until the individual is no longer in contact with the spores. Continually recurring skin disorders due to mold and mildew exposure can lead to viral and bacterial infections. Skin rashes, eczema, and hives can develop if there is continued exposure. These skin conditions can cause swelling, itching, and raised bumps that are both uncomfortable and unattractive.

Carpet Water Damages Can Cause Neurological Symptoms to Develop

Over time, mold and mildew growth and accumulation may cause neurological health problems. These health issues include mood changes, memory loss, chronic fatigue, dementia, and debilitating migraines. These neurological symptoms can get worse as time goes on.

What can be done to prevent the conditions and alleviate the symptoms that are caused by the mold due to carpet water damage? Limiting contact with the irritants can lessen the symptoms, while also decreasing the risk of acquiring similar disorders.  Discovering and providing treatment for mold and mildew due to carpet water damage through rapid repair and then regular maintenance can prevent spores from compiling and then entering and harming the body.

Accutech Restoration realizes all the health issues that can be caused by water damage, and want to prevent the problems before they begin. Our emergency response team will arrive on-site to your home within one hour to clean up the mess. We want to assure that your carpeting is dry, so there is no place for mold and bacteria to grow. Contact us now if you are in need of water removal from your carpeting!