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What are the Potential Health Effects of Mold Exposure?

Exposure to mold either in the short or long term may result in a number of different health effects on humans. Some are more sensitive to mold exposure than others, such as infants and children, elderly people, pregnant women, those with respiratory conditions and allergies, and immunocompromised patients. While the degree of sensitivity one may have to mold exposure is impossible to predict, there is evidence linking it with certain health effects.

According to medicinenet.com, “In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheezing in otherwise healthy people. Mold was linked to the worsening of asthma symptoms in people who have asthma.”

In addition to these, the potential health effects of mold exposure include:

  • Tightness of the chest
  • Sinus congestion
  • Couging/sore throat
  • Headache
  • Irritation of skin and eyes
  • Difficulty breathing

There is also significant concern over certain species of indoor mold, such as black mold, which produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins have significantly the potential to cause severe health complications in humans, including cancer, neurotoxicity, and pulmonary fibrosis, among others. A definitive relationship between these health effects and mycotoxins “under realistic airborne exposure levels is not fully established.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a link between other adverse health effects…and molds, including [black mold], has not been proven.” Still, anecdotal evidence of black mold exposure would seem to suggest that it could have potentially serious health effects.

 

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If you suspect your home might be affected by mold, or if you want more information about Maryland mold inspections, 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 remediators are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, 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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Sources

http://www.medicinenet.com/mold_exposure/page2.htm#what_kinds_of_health_problems_may_be_linked_to_mold_what_are_symptoms_of_mold_allergy

http://enhs.umn.edu/current/5103/molds/harmful.html

When You Need to Call a Mold Remediation Specialist

How do you know when it’s time to call a mold remediation specialist? Well, if you see mold growing in your home, that’s a dead giveaway. Unfortunately, most of the time mold is hiding in places it can’t been seen, like behind walls or in HVAC ducts. So what do you do when the perpetrator is invisible? Here’s how to use your senses to figure out if you need to call a mold remediation specialist.

 

How to Detect the Presence of Mold in Your Home

The Noes Goes

If you start to notice a persistent musty smell that won’t go away, it could be mold. If you only notice this smell when you turn on the HVAC system, it means the mold is growing in the HVAC system. By using your air conditioning or heat, you’re actually spreading mold spores throughout the house, which means the sooner you call a mold remediation specialist, the better. Breathing in mold spores can also cause the following symptoms:

  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Itchy skin and eyes

 

The Eyes Have It

You might not always be able to see mold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your eyes to find it. You may notice symptoms of mold damage in your home, or situations that could facilitate the growth of mold. Symptoms of mold damage include:

  • Discoloration of walls, stains on or behind wallpaper, under carpet
  • Paint chipping/peeling
  • Loosening of drywall tape
  • Fogged windows
  • Stains on window sill/case
  • Stains on eaves, roof line, or stucco
  • Stains in tile grout

Situations that could facilitate the growth of mold include:

  • High humidity in your home
  • Leaky pipes/roof
  • Flooding
  • Poor ventilation

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If you suspect your home might be affected by mold, or if you want more information about Maryland mold inspections, 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 remediators are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, 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+.

Sources

http://www.moldinspectordirectory.com/mold-warning-signs.html

http://www.contractorsfromhell.com/renovation-risks-and-realities/mold-five-warning-signs-your-home-may-have-it/

 

How Does Mold Get Into Your Home?

Mold is a common problem in buildings of all kinds. Mold growth requires only a few conditions to sustain, all of which can be found in most buildings. Mold requires a consistently warm, moist place in which it can grow. In most homes these conditions are met in the bathroom or somewhere in a dark corner in the basement. Mold growth is a problem you should not ignore, and one that requires immediate action for the health of your family.

But how does mold get into your home in the first place? No one consciously introduces mold into their home, but it makes its way into your home in a multitude of ways.

 

How Does Mold Get into Your Home?

Mold spores occur naturally as they are a fungus. They can enter your home in a number of ways. They may float in through open windows or doors. Heating and ventilation systems are another common pathway by which mold spores make it into your home. In this case their threat is magnified, as mold that grows in HVAC systems is distributed throughout the ventilation system and house when the system is in use. Mold spores can also attach themselves to you and your pets when you’re outdoors, causing you to unknowingly bring them indoors. They are too small to see with the naked eye, so there’s no way of knowing if you’re bringing mold spores into your home.

While it’s for all intents and purposes impossible to stop the entry of mold spores into your home, there are things you can do to minimize the potential for mold growth in your home. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air in damp areas of your home. Always use the fan or open a window when taking a shower, and use a squeegee to remove water from the walls in the shower. Clean your bathroom regularly to kill mold colonies before they expand. Always be on the lookout for mold in your home.

 

 

If you suspect your home might be affected by mold, or if you want more information about Maryland mold inspections, 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 remediators are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, 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.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm

Should I Remove Black Mold Myself?

 

Black mold is a fungus that thrives in dark, moist areas of your home that are not properly ventilated. Popular places for mold growth include attics, basements, and especially bathrooms. All black mold needs to survive is a water source to help it grow and multiply and a surface that is not kept clean and dry.

Should you find some black mold in your home, you can certainly attempt to remove it on your own, with some precautions. There are numerous commercial cleaning products out there that are meant for black mold removal. You may also try a bleach solution of no more than one cup of bleach in a gallon of water.

If you do use bleach, open all doors and windows for proper ventilation and use protective eyewear. Do NOT mix a commercial cleaning product with bleach: you can create toxic fumes and endanger yourself!

If mold has appeared on absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, drywall, or carpet, it is often best to throw them away. Black mold is the most toxic type of mold and can cause serious health problems such as:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Irritation to the mucous membranes
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Mental impairment
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness

If the black mold infestation spans more than ten square feet, you may want to consider contacting a black mold removal specialist. Mold removal in Baltimore is fairly common given our milder, more humid climate during the summers and proximity to water sources. An added benefit of contacting a mold removal specialist is lessening the chance of agitating black mold, which can cause spores to spread and further contaminate your home and health.

Some things you can do to prevent black mold:

  • Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid months to keep humidity levels in your house below 50%
  • Use ventilation systems such as exhaust fans in a kitchen or a bathroom to help prevent mold growth
  • Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products
  • Do not carpet your bathroom
  • Remove and replace flooded carpets

If you have found evidence of mold in your home, whether it is black or otherwise, it is important that you have it checked out and removed immediately. In addition to preserving your family’s health, mold removal can save you costly expenditures in repairs or renovation to your home down the line.

Contact your local Baltimore mold removal company to take care of your mold problem at 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

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Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm

http://blackmold.awardspace.com/black-mold-toxic-stachybotrys-mycotoxins.html

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html

http://www.moldsymptoms.org/

http://www.chesapeakemold.com/blog/mold-removal-baltimore/black-mold-removal-baltimore/

 

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