Warning Signs That You Have Mold in Your Home

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Mold can get into homes and grow quickly through the walls and into air ducts. It is best to get rid of the mold as fast as possible to lower the health effects it may have on your family. But how do you know if you have mold in your home? There are five ways to tell if mold is growing in your house.

Mold Odor – If you have a suspicious odor that just won’t go away, chances are it is mold. Mold will smell musty and earthy and the smell will be constant.

See the Mold – Mold has many different colors such as yellow, green, black, and brown. It will look fuzzy on the surface or like a mysterious stain. The mold may appear on the inside or outside of buildings and will even grow on furniture.

Moisture or Water Damage – Standing water, water leaks, stains, and condensation are all signs of possible mold growth. These can be underneath carpet, behind appliances, or in the basement.

Allergy-like Symptoms – Are the people in your home suffering from cough, sore throat, skin or eye irritation, sinus congestion, or respiratory infections? If they have no medical history of these problems, chances are mold is causing these symptoms.

The Outside of the House Looks Wet – Whether it does not dry after rain or it just looks wet all the time, this is a sign of water in the walls. This will cause mold to grow within the walls.

There are three common types of mold. The most common type of mold is aspergillus, which is found on foods and in air conditioning units. The second type of mold is cladosporium, which is black or green in color. It normally grows on the back of toilets, in air ducts, and on painted surfaces. Cladosporium can trigger allergy symptoms such as sore throat and watery eyes. Black mold, also known as stachybotrys chartarum, is the third most common mold found in homes. This mold is greenish black in color and grows where there is excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, or water infiltration.

Some people are more sensitive to mold than others, such as the elderly and infants. Those with chronic lung disease and immunocompromised people are especially susceptible to mold, along with people who have severe allergies. Signs that mold is affecting your family are eye irritation, stuffy nose, skin irritation, or wheezing. Severe reactions include shortness of breath and possibly a fever. If anybody in your home is experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor right away.

If you have found mold in your home, it is best to call a professional to clean it up. There are certain precautions that need to be made when cleaning mold. Special equipment and clothing needs to be worn and special guidelines need to be taken into consideration. If you suspect mold is growing in your home, call a professional and have the cleanup done right.

Posted on April 28th, 2014 by FloodMed

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How to Keep Black Mold Out of Your Home

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Not all black molds are created equal – some are harmless while others can be toxic to animals and humans. Stachybotrys is a type of toxic black mold that you may have heard about. It can grow in houses and can be quite toxic to family members and pets.

Toxic black mold is a greenish-black color and is usually slimy due to a wet layer on top. However, if it is relatively dry, it can also appear dry and powdery. The only way to tell is the black mold in your home is toxic is to have an expert examine it under a microscope.

To keep black mold and all others types out of your home, there are four factors to consider and control. Understanding how to control these factors will help keep your home free of mold.

* Moisture and Dampness.  It’s no secret that mold often grows in wet areas. It is important to walk around your house and identify any wet areas. Leaky pipes, cracked caulk on a window seal, ground water seeping through your walls, or potential trouble spots anywhere in the bathroom or kitchen can create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Drying the area immediately is crucial. Once the area is dry, the next step is to fix whatever caused the dampness. Leaving a wet area for long periods of time greatly increases the chance for mold.

* Cleanliness.  Not only does a clean house look great, a clean house is also a safe house. Frequent cleanings will prevent mold from growing in your home. Clean all walls, ceilings, and floors that experience condensation build up, scrub all tubs, sinks, showers, and other non-pourous surfaces with cleaner, and make sure to pick up all food scraps and crumbs.

* Painting.  One of the best ways to keep bathrooms and kitchens free of mold is to get a new paint job. Specially formulated paints can help prevent the formation of mold in areas with moist environments.

* Lower the Humidity.  Most people don’t even think about the humidity in their home, but if mold is a problem, it may be because the humidity is too high. High humidity creates the ideal environment for the growth of mold. Though most people don’t know it, it is possible to measure the humidity in the rooms of your home. A hygrometer can be placed in any room and provide an accurate measurement of the humidity. The idea humidity should be between 30% and 50%.

* Regulate and Move the Air.  Cold air tends to be drier than warm air, but warm air will increase evaporation, which will keep the room drier. Keeping cold rooms warmer will help prohibit mold growth. While regulating the temperature, you should also keep in mind that stagnant air is also good for mold growth. It’s good to move the air so water vapor doesn’t increase and create a damper environment.  The use of any type of fan will help circulate the air and prevent the formation of toxic black mold in your home.


Posted on April 7th, 2014 by FloodMed

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