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Asthma and Mold

Mold AllergiesMold exposure isn’t healthy to the healthiest of humans. However, for those who have pre-existing conditions, mold will only make the conditions worse and take an even more dangerous effect. One of the pre-existing conditions that mold will aggravate is asthma.

Asthma is a lung disease that occurs long term that causes airways to become narrow and inflamed, making breathing hard. Those who have asthma experience periods of coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and shortness of their breath. Coughing spells will occur more often during the morning or evening hours. Asthma is typically diagnosed in children and follows them throughout their life. Those with asthma can go through periods of time without experiencing any symptoms. Asthma symptoms can be induced by physical exertion like sports or it can be caused by allergens and particles in the air.

When people with asthma breathe in mold spores, they could experience their asthma symptoms. Prolonged exposure to these mold spores could then lead into a more serious lung infection. If you have asthma, here are some things you can do to prevent mold exposure:

  1. Air out enclosed areas, like your bathroom, where steam and moisture could gather.
  2. Do not allow leaks to continue for more than a day, the buildup of water could harvest mold.
  3. Use a dehumidifier in areas where moisture could linger, like a basement.
  4. If you find evidence of mold in your home, call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems.

Since the 1970’s, Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems has been a leader in the removal and prevention of mold. We understand the serious effects mold can have on a person with asthma, so we use the quickest and safest methods to remove mold from homes. We also offer free mold analysis and mold inspections.

To prevent aggravating your asthma symptoms, call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems at 866-420-6653 today. You can also visit our website here! Follow us today on Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook today!

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/

http://www.epa.gov/asthma/molds.html

Understanding Black Mold

Black MoldWhen it comes to mold removal, it helps to have a good understanding of what you’re dealing with. A serious type of mold that you might have the displeasure of encountering is black mold. Black mold is also known as toxic black mold and can be very dangerous to humans, especially if it begins growing in your home.

The mold produces mycotoxins, which can be extremely fatal to animals and humans when exposed. Some strands of mycotoxins have even been used in chemical warfare because of their strength. When mycotoxins are released from the spores of the mold, humans breath them in causing dangerous exposure. Some strands of mycotoxins produced from black mold can take years to break down and removal can become impossible. Black mold can be identified by it’s slimy to layer and green to black coloring. If there is a lack of water source for the mold, the mold can look very dry and almost like a powder. Black mold begins forming within 7 to 12 days and needs a large amount of water exposure to grow. The mold is commonly found in areas of a home that are out of sight and have had a water leak for a substantial amount of time. Black mold can easily attach to most building materials and can even attach to plants and soil.

If you find black mold in your home, never try removing it yourself. Attempting to remove the mold could disturb the spores, releasing large quantities of toxins into the air. These large amounts could increase your risk for severe and permanent health issues. Some health symptoms of exposure to black mold include:

  1. Nausea
  2. Hemorrhage
  3. Skin Inflammation
  4. Fatigue
  5. Respiratory Complications

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, we understand the extreme dangers of black mold. Our technicians are highly qualified to handle any mold situation and can remove mold in the safest way possible. If you suspect black mold in your home, call us to receive information about free mold analysis.  Call us today at (443)-687-7300 or click here for more information. Follow Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

Preventing and Removing Mold this Summer

Summer Mold RemovalDuring the next upcoming months, summer will be arriving. With summer comes the heat and humidity that most Marylander’s have come accustomed to. As the heat and humidity reach their peak during these upcoming months, so will allergies to mold. Mold allergies can reach their worst during summer season and can result in yearlong colds. If you have a suspicion that mold is in your home, call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems.

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we specialize in the removal and prevention of mold within your Maryland home, especially during the summer months. If you begin to develop symptoms of asthma, irritation of the skin or eyes, colds, or respiratory disease, it is time to have one of our trained professionals come assess your home. At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we offer the following services:

  1. Free Mold Analysis
  2. Mold Inspections
  3. Mold Removal
  4. Mold Remediation

A mold inspection can be done to determine if mold is present within the home. This includes investigating visually the attic, roof, and crawlspace of the home as well as any signs of discoloration and moisture intrusion. Air sampling is used to see if mold spores contaminate the area.  If mold is determined to be present in your home, our professionals will come back to remove all affected areas. Your home will be under warranty and we promise that mold will not reenter your home once it has been removed.

If you wish to prevent mold from invading your home during the summer, here are some tips:

  1. Fix any plumbing that’s leaking
  2. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioning to battle the summer humidity
  3. Use insulation to prevent condensation on floors, roofs, piping, and windows
  4. Ventilate your home during the cool evening hours, and keep windows closed during the day
  5. Keep air circulating with fans

 

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems uses only the safest and most effective methods to remove mold from your home and to ensure it stays away. Beginning in the 1970’s, we have grown and evolved our methods that make us the leader in mold removal in the area. For a full list of the areas in which we service, click here.

We have two offices located in Westminster and Hanover, Maryland that you can visit to begin the mold removal process. Call us at (443)-687-7300 or fill out our online form here, we respond to requests within 24 hours.  Follow us on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook today.

 

 

 

Mold Removal: Important for Infants?

Before you welcome a newborn into your life, chances are you have walked around your home numerous times making sure it’s “baby proof”. All sharp and breakable objects have been put on high shelves, every cabinet door has a safety lock in place, and your pantries are stocked high with baby formula and diapers. But did you include mold removal to that list?

Mold in small forms for adults can go undetected and harmless most of the time. However for infants, that is not always the case. Their immune system is in the process of becoming stronger, but while it’s compromised, the tiniest exposure to certain toxins could have short and long term effects for babies. Short term effects of mold exposure could include:

  1. Dizziness
  2. Irritation of the Skin and Eyes
  3. Allergies
  4. Fatigue
  5. Headaches

Your infant isn’t able to communicate when he or she has a headache or is feeling dizzy, so preventing exposure with mold removal before bringing your newborn home is the best preventative step.

One of the major long term effects that mold with strong toxins can have on infants is pulmonary hemorrhaging. According to the UCSF Intensive Care Nursery House Staff Manual, “pulmonary hemorrhage (P-Hem) is an acute, catastrophic event characterized by discharge of bloody fluid from the upper respiratory tract or the endotracheal tube.” According to a public health report from a 1994 case out of Cleveland, Ohio, at least one child died from the hemorrhaging and five of the eight infants continued to have problems after they left the hospital. Other long term effects are:

  1. Central nervous system damage
  2. Lung damage
  3. Memory problems
  4. Cognitive skill problems

Mold such as stachybotrys that release strong toxins into the air are more common in areas susceptible to flooding, so consider any past water damage when researching mold removal for your home.

Before bringing baby home, be sure to call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, leader of mold removal and remediation. Our promise to you is once we have treated an area of your home, the mold will never return.  Located in the Baltimore, Maryland area, we are trained in water damage associated with flooding, along with any other cause of water damage.

Give us a call at 443-687-7300, or visit our two offices in the Westminster and Hanover areas. We offer our services in the Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania areas.

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Sources:

http://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/pdf/manuals/29_PulmHemorrhage.pdf

http://www.livestrong.com/article/226575-what-is-the-effect-of-house-mold-in-infants/

Dealing With Water Damage and Mold in Baltimore

The last week of April brought some serious showers to the middle-Atlantic, and with that came serious water damage in Baltimore. Flooding is routine around these parts during heavy rainstorms, but the rainstorms here were so severe that there was an entire street that collapsed in Baltimore City.

Additionally, serious flooding can bring with it water damage and mold. Water damage is one of the most difficult issues for homeowners to deal with, as water is permeable. There are very few things that can block water effectively, meaning that it can seep into building materials, behind walls, through floors, and more. It also serves as a breeding ground for mold, and one of the most toxic forms at that: black mold. If left untreated, mold can pose some severe health issues to you and your family.

Another challenge of flooding is that the water could be from an overflowing creek or it could be from sewage runoff. There’s no way to know where the water came from or what is in the water, so you want to be especially careful in dealing with water damage in your home. Contact a licensed professional, such as a mold remediation contractor or water damage specialist, to assess the damage and prepare a solution that will fix the existing water damage to both the premises and your home’s infrastructure.

It may be a simple one, requiring fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area, or it may be a more complex one requiring a mold remediation crew. Because water can get everywhere, a treatment for extensive water damage might include cleaning and drying ventilation shafts, air ducts, in the ceiling, and below your floors. All porous materials, such as carpets or rugs that were touched by floodwaters should be immediately tossed. Depending on how badly the water damage affected your home, you may even need to have a general contractor check the infrastructure of your home.

Water damage can pose a serious and frustrating risk to your home – the longer you let it go, the worse it can get. A wet floor can quickly turn into black mold if left untreated. If you see water damage in your home, get help quickly. Give our 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.

About Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC in Baltimore

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 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://moldremediationatlanta.org/water-damage/

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