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10 Steps To Getting Your Partner On Board With Mold

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As one half of a whole, there will always be times in a relationship when you and your partner don’t see eye-to-eye. Whether that involves finances or parenting techniques, it’s simply impossible to agree on everything all the time. It comes with the territory of having a significant other—your life is no longer just about you. When the disagreement involves something like mold exposure and your health, that’s when things get dicey. Getting your partner on board with mold, a little-discussed, massively misunderstood, and expensive topic, may be one of the biggest hurdles in a relationship.

But, it’s one that you can work to overcome!

A Simple Breakdown of the Problem

Feeling ill and not having an answer as to why can be a physically draining and emotionally exhausting experience. Unfortunately, that happens all too often with mold. We, as a society, rarely discuss indoor mold growth and the effects it can have on health. To make matters worse, environmental exposures like mold aren’t typically included by medical professionals when they’re attempting to make a diagnosis. These issues lead to a prolonged process that oftentimes seems like there’s no end in sight.

The entire process can be one giant mess of obstacles, being told you’re crazy, or treatment plans that don’t work. When it’s affecting your children as well, that makes the situation that much worse. Eventually, you’ll probably feel overwhelmed and lost. All you want are answers and someone to help you and your family heal, but the journey towards wellness seems impossible.

When a lightbulb moment occurs and a potential answer to your troubles comes your way, you’re probably going to want to dive right in and explore the idea. Even if it’s a topic you’ve never heard of before, like mold exposure. You’re in the trenches of feeling chronically sick, so your mind is already open to fixing whatever it is that’s wrong, no matter how you have to do it.

Coordinating this desire for action doesn’t always translate to others, though. While you want to full throttle in investigating this suspected or recently discovered culprit, getting your partner on board with mold may be more challenging. It has been for many, many others!

There’s a high cost involved with remediation and medical bills, a general lack of mold awareness to overcome, empathetic hurdles to cross, and communication issues to parse out. If they don’t feel the effects of exposure, getting them on the same page can be even more challenging. But, it’s not impossible!

The main aspect to remember is that you are not alone in this experience. Others have gone through similar situations and made it to the other side. The key is to work with your partner to help get them on the same page. When you’re feeling ill, this might seem like yet another difficult task on your plate, but having them in your corner can help lessen the burden of this life-changing event. Not to mention, it will help alleviate the relationship tension, reduce resentment, and help avoid other pitfalls.

Getting your partner on board with mold will look different for everyone, but following the steps below is a great place to start building a solid foundation.

1. Become an Expert

The first step towards getting your partner on board with mold is to become a mold aficionado. Like most people, they’re probably woefully unaware of mold and the health effects of exposure. They’ll have questions just like you did. Jumping into a conversation without fully understanding the issue, or being unable to answer their questions, can set you up for unnecessary frustration and open the door to doubt. In the end, it may make them less inclined to back your decisions to remove the mold and begin detoxing.

Not to mention, if they’re not experiencing symptoms, it’s difficult to feel sympathy and compassion for something you don’t understand. They’re going to need that extra help, information, and assurance to get over this mental hurdle.

To help set yourself up for success and to show them how much this means to you, dive into getting the answers before starting the conversation. Whether this involves your own research or contacting an expert for a consultation, figure out what it is that you are battling so that you can better explain it to your partner.

Key points to look for are:
  • What exactly is mold?
  • What are the misconceptions about mold?
  • How does mold begin to grow in a home?
  • How can mold affect health and what are some of the symptoms?
  • How do you test your home for mold?
  • What’s the process of mold removal?
  • Which company should you choose for remediation?
  • How do you detox your body from mold?
  • What doctors can help you?
  • What does your insurance cover concerning mold growth?

These are just a few example questions, but the idea is to gather as much information as possible about this little-discussed topic. It may seem like information overload at some points, so make sure to keep all of your research organized and continue to tackle one question at a time. When in doubt, seek out professional help! But, make sure they’re qualified, know what they’re talking about, and have your health as their top priority.

Chatting with others about their experiences is a great way to set the stage as well. See what they went through, what they would have changed, what they wish they had known before, and how they worked with their spouse to solve the mold problem. By becoming an information hub, you can show your partner how serious you are about this issue and help them overcome any brain hurdles they experience.

Creating mold awareness will also help you tremendously during the mold removal process. You’ll know what to expect before the remediation team even walks through your front door.

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