Protecting Your Pets from Basement Mold

Mold has a detrimental impact not only on your health but on the health of your pets, as well. What can you do to keep your home mold-free?

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When you work to protect your home, you’re not just protecting your investment. You want to keep unwanted moisture out of your home for the sake of your family and your pets. Whether you have cats, dogs, birds, gerbils, ferrets, or snakes, you want to make sure your friend will not only be comfortable in your home but safe as well. 

The presence of mold in your home can put your pet’s health at risk. Not only is mold a sign that something may be amiss with your foundation or basement, but it can also cause all manner of respiratory problems for your pet. 

If you’re concerned about the effect water damage and mold in your home might be having on your pet’s health, you can reach out both to your local veterinarian and to professional contractors serving the Moberly, MO, area for guidance. 

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What Kinds of Molds Can You Find in Your Home? 

Several different types of mold can take root in your home. These molds tend to break down into the following three categories: 

  • Allergenic. These molds can trigger asthma attacks in people and pets who already have allergies. They can also cause previously non-allergic parties to develop allergies. 
  • Pathogenic. Pathogenic molds will exasperate conditions in those residents who are chronically ill, be those parties pets or humans. 
  • Toxigenic. Toxigenic molds are immediately dangerous to both your health and to the health of your pet. If you have a toxigenic mold in your home, you’ll want to move your family and your pet out as soon as possible. 

More specifically, if you allow your home to grow uncomfortably humid, you may encounter any of the following molds in your basement or foundation: 

  • Alternaria 
  • Aureobasidium 
  • Cladosporium 
  • Fusarium 
  • Mucor 
  • Penicillium 
  • Stachybotrys 
  • Ulocladium 

How Can Mold Impact Your Health? 

Different types of mold can have different impacts on your health. Humans can experience any of the following symptoms after coming into contact with a dangerous mold cluster: 

  • Congestion 
  • Coughing 
  • Sore throat 
  • Excessive sneezing 
  • Skin irritation 
  • Headaches 

These conditions will become more common or severe the longer you allow mold to flourish in your home. If let alone for too long, mold can cause you to develop infections, respiratory conditions, and chronic illnesses. 

How Can Mold Impact the Health of Your Pet? 

Mold has the same detrimental impact on your pets’ health than it does on yours. However, because many pets don’t have immune systems as strong as humans, their symptoms upon exposure to mold can be more extreme than those your family might be experiencing. 

Some of the most common symptoms of mold exposure that pets can display include: 

  • Respiratory problems 
  • Illnesses 
  • Bleeding nose 
  • Excessive scratching 
  • Harmful chewing 
  • Excessive licking 
  • Unusual lethargy 
  • Runny nose and excessive sneezing 

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of these behaviors—from trouble breathing to unusual and harmful cleaning habits—reach out to your vet as soon as possible. You may want to consider boarding your pet or having a loved one take your pet in while you work with mold remediation professionals to clear mold out of your home. 

How Does Mold Get into Your Home? 

While moisture helps mold flourish, mold spores do not get into your home with that moisture. Instead, mold spores travel on the air currents that get into your home. 

Now, there’s no safe way to limit or eliminate the flow of air in your home. However, if you make a point of cleaning your HVAC system regularly and keeping moisture levels throughout your space low, you can make it more difficult for mold spores to take root. 

How Can You Prevent Mold from Taking Root in Your Home? 

If you don’t have mold in your home at the moment, but you want to take steps to keep it out of your home, you have several different courses of action available to you. If you don’t have any damage to your home, you can work with professional contractors to determine what kinds of waterproofing measures—including dehumidifiers and vapor barriers to interior drainage systems and sump pumps—might serve you best. 

Note that mold spores get into your home via your HVAC system. As such, you’ll want to check your filters regularly and invest in annual HVAC cleanings while also working to keep humidity levels throughout your home low. 

For a home inspection and a free quote on those services that can help you keep mold out of your home, you can get in touch with the professionals at Foundation Recovery Systems. Your family—including your pet—will thank you for your diligence.