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What are Some Signs of Mold Growth?

Mold growth in your home can cause extreme illness, especially in those that are very young, pregnant, or susceptible to mold spores. Finding mold at the first signs is one of the only ways to avoid the worst side effects of mold spores in your home. In order to find it, you’ll need to know some signs of mold growth in your home.

What are some signs of mold growth?

  • Allergies – Sometimes allergies are just allergies. Other times, allergies can be a sign of mold in your home. You want to look for sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion. If your allergies are worse at home than when you go out, mold may be the culprit.
  • Senses – Trust your senses. If you smell anything that seems “moldy” or just off, you may have mold in your home. The same goes for sight. Mold can look like dirt or dust in certain places, so you should always check it out to see if it’s something more sinister.
  • Water leaks – If you’ve had problems with water leakage in your home, you may have mold growing as a side effect. You’ll likely be able to notice mold from leakage very easily. It’ll probably be easy to see as well as smell.
  • Mold Symptoms – Mold can cause headaches, trouble concentrating, and shortened attention span, among other problems. If you are experiencing these and haven’t previously, you should get your home checked for mold as this could be a sign of mold growth.

Don’t trust mold remediation to just anyone. If you have any inclination whatsoever that there may be mold growing in your home, don’t hesitate to make the call to a mold remediation company like Chesapeake Environmental. Not calling could mean big problems for your health and the health of others.

At Chesapeake Environmental, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT!

 If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

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Source: http://blackmold.awardspace.com/mold-signs.html

What To Do After A Flood?

Following a major natural disaster or strong storm, flooding is inevitable. Your home may not be affected by flooding, but you can be rest assured that someone you know will be. Whether it is from a broken sump pump, clogged drain, an overflowing river, or damaged roof, someone’s home will be ravaged by water damage.

Dealing with Water Damage

Depending on the source of the water intrusion, flooding can create a hazardous living environment.

  1. Category 1 Water: This type of water, known as “Clean Water,” typically comes from sources like broken sinks or broken water pipes.
  2. Category 2 Water: Known as “Grey Water,” Category 2 Water typically contains a significant amount of biological or physical contaminants. Because of this, Category 2 Water should be avoided as it can cause illness. Grey Water comes from sources like water discharged from a dishwashers or washing machine, an overflowing toilet, or a sump pump malfunction.
  3. Category 3 Water: Known as “Black Water,” Category 3 Water contains harmful pathogens, microbes, and chemicals and comes from sources like sewage, seawater, river water, and ground surface water. Avoid Category 3 Water at all costs.

However, even Category 1 Water can result in mold growth in as little as 24 hours.

Dealing with Mold

If your home is affected by mold following a flood, give the mold remediation specialists at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC a call. We are a leader in mold remediation and mold removal, offering services in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania & West Virginia. Our mold remediaters are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT!

 If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

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Why Should I Have A Mold Inspection Before The Holidays?

Christmas  will be with us shortly. It’s not only time to get in the holiday spirit, but it’s also time to touch up your holiday home safety. During the big winter holidays, you will find yourself doing plenty of cooking, holiday decorating and entertaining guests. This is one of the most dangerous times of the year for house fires and overall poor indoor living conditions.

To keep your home in tiptop shape for the holiday season, you should have a full home inspection performed for mold problems and lead.

About holiday mold inspections

Holiday mold removal/ mold remediation services  are important because mold can grow anywhere and  put your family at risk of hazardous mold. The last thing you need or want to do during the holiday season is experience mold property damage or worse -respiratory health problems. Even the slightest trace of mold can make you as sick as a dog. When you suspect a mold problem at home, have it handle by a professional mold remediation company. Mold specialists will handle your mold problems quick and easy so you won’t have to spend your holidays worried about expensive mold problems.

About lead paint inspections

It’s important to have a lead paint inspection performed because you can lower the risk of your family and holiday guests being exposed to lead risks. Commonly homes built between 1950-1978 are most at risk of lead. Since 1978, the federal government has banned using lead-based paint within residential properties. However, traces of lead are still present within home interiors, exteriors and even the land of residential properties. Sometimes you will see traces of lead in paint chips, other times lead will be hard to see because it’s in the form of lead dust.

If you suspect your home of having traces of lead and see visible peeling, chipping, cracking or chalking, you should have your home immediately inspected for lead and have you and your family tested for lead poisoning.

Here is a list of areas lead is commonly found in the home:

  • Windows/ Window sills
  • Entry doors
  • Staircases
  • Railing
  • Decks
  • Fences
  • And porches.

If your home is affected by mold following a flood, give the mold remediation specialists at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC a call. We are a leader in mold remediation and mold removal, offering services in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania & West Virginia. Our mold remediaters are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT!

 If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

You can also follow Chesapeake Environmental on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Source:

http://www.mdahi.com/anne-arundel-Holiday-Home-safety-tips

http://www.mdahi.com/baltimore-maryland-lead-paint-evaluation-information

http://www.heasc.net/florida/mold-removal-in-holiday-fl/

Dealing with Moisture Intrusion

A large number of basements in the United States are unfinished. They are just sitting there waiting for homeowners like you to transform them into the room of your dreams, whether that be an extra bedroom, a game room, or even a man cave. But before you can begin any basement remodeling project, it is important to do a couple things first.

  1. Mold Inspection: Unfortunately, basements are often synonymous with moisture. And when the conditions are right, this moisture could lead to mold. And the last thing you want to do is put up walls over existing mold.
  2. Mold Removal & Remediation: Mold is not something that can be cleaned using bleach or any other household cleaner. Mold removal must be dealt with professionally by a certified mold remediator, like the ones found at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC. We do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT!
  3. Remove Moisture: If no signs of mold are found, but there is still some source of moisture in your basement, it is important to correct the problem before doing any construction. Otherwise, you run the risk of mold in the future. And once you have finished your basement, mold removal and remediation becomes a lot more difficult.

Dealing with Moisture Intrusion

First, it is important to identify the underlying cause of moisture intrusion. Is the moisture caused by condensation or is moisture seeping through from the exterior of the house? To find out, tape a 2-foot square sheet of plastic to the masonry on a below-grade area of the wall. If moisture collects on the front of the plastic, it is condensation. If water collects on the side of the plastic attached to the wall, then the problem is most likely coming from outside, also known as runoff.

Check back next week as we discuss several simple ways of Dealing with Basement Water Intrusion: Correcting Condensation & Runoff.

If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC is a leader in mold remediation and mold removal, offering services in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

You can also follow Chesapeake Environmental on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Sources:

Moisture and Mold Free Basement Living

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