Neglect, bisphenol A blues and the rise of mold – chapter 8

The inspector versus neglect

Do not neglect your home. If you do, mold will begin to crawl all along your walls like a group of persistent insects. Your basement will be a swamp. Neglect will inevitably lead to mold and possible health problems for you and your family, especially the little ones. Neglect may just be the inspector’s greatest enemy.

 

1980s – the decade of mold and bisphenol A?

Beginning in the early 80s, asthma rates began to skyrocket, and it continues to increase. This has puzzled medical experts, with many calling it an important public health issue. The percentage of asthma diagnoses is eerily high. One out of 10 U.S. children has been diagnosed with asthma. The possible causes? Mold and BPA exposure.

 

Neglect will lead to mold and BPA exposure

Mold is the roommate you never wanted. All it needs is a little dampness and a food source. It can live behind walls or on furniture. Check under your floors and rugs. It can be there too.  Mold tears apart families. Mold battles police officers. Mold causes depression. Not only does mold trigger asthma attacks, it is also a leading cause of asthma. While we cannot blame just mold for causing asthma in over 25 million Americans, we can certainly attribute a percentage to it. Mold, however, never works alone. Respiratory problems in kids, for example, arise from the combination of many factors.

 

Mold’s partner in crime is often bisphenol A, also known as BPA. It is an organic compound used to make certain plastics, among other things. It can be found anywhere, in canned foods and beverages, paper receipts, dental sealants, drinking glasses and baby bottles. Neglect is behind not only mold exposure, but BPA exposure as well.

 

In the article, “Kids exposed to BPA early in life more likely to have asthma,” the Environmental Health News writes, “The Columbia University research team reported that children with higher levels of BPA at ages 3, 5 and 7 had increased odds of developing the respiratory disease when they were between 5 and 12. The children studied had roughly the same concentrations of BPA as the average for U.S. kids.” Children between the ages of 3 and 7 are vulnerable to the world around them, especially BPA and mold exposure. If they grow up in a house with either, there is a good chance they develop respiratory problems before their teenage years.

 

It is wise for a homeowner to bring in an inspector for an annual checkup. The inspector will be able to detect mold and may offer up suggestions on how to deal with BPA. In some cases, the only thing standing between your family and respiratory problems is an inspector, especially the team over at Center Grove. If you are in the Indiana area, give us a call!

 

For more information on mold and BPA exposure, you can find the Environmental Health News article here.

Jim

 

 

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