Chimney Mold 101

We hear about mold all the time but we don’t really pay much attention to the health risks it poses on our household. Let’s take a closer look at the basics of chimney mold.

Molds as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, otherwise known as the EPA, molds survive in the environment. They can usually thrive in land, on plants, and even on dead or decomposing matter.

If we go back to our biology classes, molds are classified under the kingdom Fungi. Compared to plants, fungi lack chlorophyll and lives by feeding on plant materials, using plant and other organic components for their main food source.

What are the effects of exposure to molds and how can they be hazardous to one’s health?

One danger that comes from too much moisture in your chimney is the growth of chimney mold. Learn more here.

One danger that comes from too much moisture in your chimney is the growth of chimney mold. Learn more here.

Mold growth results from moisture problems.  The common symptom of the presence of mold would be the stench it gives out which can grow into a number of health problems, like headaches, allergies, respiratory problems (asthma), and skin irritations.

To go into depth with some health reactions to exposure to mold:

  1. Asthma – Asthma is a common respiratory problem caused by many allergies such as pollen, animal hair or certain food intake but molds can also be a culprit. Molds can cause the onset of asthma attacks in individuals who are persons who are allergic to molds.
  2. Allergic Reactions – Some people that inhale or touch mold can have allergic reactions, especially in very sensitive people.  Their allergies may come after immediate contact to mold or may sometime appear later on. Some allergic responses that individuals show may come in sneezing, having colds, red itchy eyes, or even rashes on their skin.
  3. Infections – Individuals that have poor or weakened immune systems may be more prone to infections by molds. Some people may breathe in the mold spores which may begin to grow in their lungs. Some infections caused by mold sometimes appear in skin disorders such as yeast infections and athlete’s foot.
  4. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis – Hypersensitivity pneumonitis may develop following either short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) exposure to molds. The disease resembles bacterial pneumonia and is uncommon.

Having discussed the different health hazards of mold, it’s high time we do something to eliminate it, especially from our chimneys. As we know, chimneys are used by many during the winter seasons. Its debris can also be the breeding ground of a lot of mold so it should be checked regularly.

This is where Pozzi Chimney Sweep can be of assistance. Chimney maintenance is our forte.