Leaking appliances and other water based utilities remain as one of the most significant sources of water waste. In addition to washing machines and dishwashers, refrigerators and dryers now have the possibility to be connected to a water source as well – due to their water and ice dispensers and wrinkle care features respectively.
With the majority of household appliances now connected to a water source, the potential for a leak increases. Leaks can cause significant damage to your household, and induce potential hazardous living conditions – with the main cause for concern being mold.
What Is Household Mold?
Mold is a common type of fungus that can be found inside and outside, almost everywhere, year round. It grows best in warm, damp and humid environments, and multiplies using its microscopic spores that travel through the air and attach to various structures and materials.
There are more than 100,000 types and species of mold, some of which are harmless, but some can cause serious health problems. The most common categories of mold, which can affect your health are allergenic molds. These types of molds contain allergens, which can cause allergies and other various symptoms in humans.
Symptoms of Mold
Molds and other fungi grow easily in damp indoor environments. People who spend time in such environments sometimes complain of:
1. Memory problems, brain fog, trouble with focus and executive function
2. Fatigue, weakness, post-exercise malaise and fatigue
3. Muscle cramping, aches, and pains, joint pain without inflammatory arthritis, persistent nerve pain, “ice pick” pain
4. Numbness and tingling
6. Light sensitivity, red eyes, and/or blurred vision
7. Sinus problems, cough, shortness of breath, air hunger, asthma-like symptoms
10. Persistent nerve pain
11. Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, appetite changes
12. Metallic taste
13. Weight gain despite sufficient effort (weight loss resistance)
14. Night sweats or other problems with temperature regulation
15. Excessive thirst
16. Increased urination
17. Static “shocks”