As a parent, you want to make your home as safe as possible for your little ones. While using socket covers and stowing away cleaning products will make your home more child-proof, don’t neglect another threat that might be lurking in your house: molds. According to an article in The Independent Florida Alligator, a number of families in a Gainesville apartment complex are facing this exact problem:
Erica Brown’s 6-year-old son doesn’t understand why his family can’t go home.
Brown and her three young children have been living in a hotel since Monday because of a serious mold problem in her Horizon House apartment.
“It’s not even safe to go into the apartment, the smell is so horrid,” the 26-year-old single mother said. “I want a place where I can not be worried about things getting into the walls and into our lungs.”
She first noticed the problem last year, only a few months after moving into the complex located at 1515 NW 10th St.
Both she and her two daughters suffer from asthma, so after spotting mold on the ceiling of her bathroom, Brown immediately called maintenance. She was ignored for months. Finally, maintenance came by and discovered the toilet in the apartment upstairs was leaking.
As you can see, excess moisture encourages the growth of molds, as these tend to thrive in damp places. Of course, leaky plumbing is not the only reason for mold infestation. Any source of moisture, including your leaky roof, will invite these bothersome fungi into your home. Fortunately, expert Dunedin, FL roofers like Arry’s Roofing can patch up the holes to keep both water and molds out.
Molds can cause health problems like skin irritation, nasal stuffiness, and even asthma attacks (as mentioned in the article). To ward off these ill effects, make sure the roofing of Dunedin, FL homes remain leak-free.
(Article Information and Image from Families battling mold in Gainesville apartment complex, The Independent Florida Alligator, January 10, 2014)