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Your Bathroom and Mold

Bathroom MoldMold can occur almost anywhere in your home. When it comes to preventing mold within your home, it helps to understand what types of mold typically grow in each area of your house. Of all the places in your home that mold can grow and spread, your bathroom is probably one of the most vulnerable. Your bathroom can become a breeding ground for mold if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Before you begin to prevent mold, know which types you are trying to prevent. Some of the most commonly found molds in bathrooms are:

  1. Trichoderma- This type of mold can typically be found on damp wallpaper and carpet in bathrooms. Exposure to this mold could cause allergic reactions as well as serious respiratory problems.
  2. Stachybotrys chartarum- This type of mold is more commonly known as “black mold”. Black mold is extremely toxic and is found in bathrooms that are constantly damp.
  3. Cladosporium- This mold can be found on surfaces that have become damp such as carpeting or wooden surfaces in your bathroom. This type of mold can cause infections in the respiratory system and trouble with breathing.
  4. Botrytis- Mold of this nature is normally found in bathrooms that have a poor ventilation system. This mold can cause allergic reactions and problems with asthma.
  5. Alternaria- This type of mold can be found in wet areas of your bathroom such as showers and under leaky piping. Similar to Botrytis, this type of mold can cause allergic reactions as well as asthma.

So how can you prevent mold like the above listed from showing their ugly faces in your bathroom? The best way to prevent mold is to prevent the development of moisture. Use a fan or open window along with your ventilation system to prevent moisture from building in your bathroom. Fix leaky piping as soon as you spot it, the constant moisture is perfect for mold growth. Cleaning your bathroom regularly can help kill forming mold spores. Be sure to focus your efforts on areas in the bathroom that see moisture frequently, like the shower, under sinks, and the bottom of toilets where condensation can develop.

If you suspect mold has already begun to grow in your bathroom, turn to Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. Our specialists will help locate the mold growth, identify which type of mold has begun growing, and eliminate the mold from your bathroom. We also offer free mold inspection. Our specialists will not only remove the mold from your bathroom, but guarantee it will not return.

To get started with Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, call us today at 443.687.7300 or visit our contact page.

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Prevent Mold and Mildew in your Home

Mold and Mildew Prevention

No one wants to find mold or mildew in their home. If you want to try to prevent the growth of mold or mildew in your home, there are some home remedies and steps you can take on your own.

  1. Air out the Bathroom- Out of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is most likely the room that sees the most humidity and moisture. Make sure to air out your bathroom and circulate the air after humidity and moisture builds to help prevent mold from growing. Cleaning your bathroom often, including your shower curtain, will also help to prevent mold and mildew.
  2. Clean your Fabric- If you have upholstered or fabric furniture in an area of your home, such as your basement, that sees moisture often, the furniture will need to be cleaned often. If you believe that mildew or mold is already forming, try to take the furniture or fabric outdoors so mold spores can’t spread inside your home. Cleaning tactics to use include vacuuming the furniture first and using a combination of chlorine bleach and hot water.
  3. Don’t let Spores Take Over- There are plenty of ways to prevent even spores from gaining traction in your home. Be sure to eliminate any moisture in your home with fans and dehumidifiers. Clean your rooms and furniture often and when leaks are found, have them replaced immediately.

Home remedies too late? Not to worry, just call the experts at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. Our technicians are trained to remove mold from your home as well as prevent the mold from growing again in your home. Since the 1970’s, Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems has rid Baltimore residents of their mold problems. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems provide mold removal, mold remediation, mold inspection, and free mold analysis.

If you suspect your home remedies haven’t helped to prevent the growth of mold in your home, contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today. Call us at 443.687.7300 or visit our contact page.

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Source:
http://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/how-to-prevent-mold-and-mildew/

Hurricanes and Your Home this Season

Hurricane damage

June 1st marked the beginning of this year’s hurricane season. Although weather centers are predicting a slow hurricane season this year, they warn that a strong storm is still a possibility. This means that caution should still be taken when it comes to preparing for storms. While Maryland isn’t as frequently affected by hurricanes in comparison to the southern states like Florida and New Orleans, we have still felt their wrath in past years, the latest being Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that destroyed parts of the Ocean City fishing pier and caused flooding in areas of the bay. Some ways for you to protect your home before and after a hurricane are:

  1. Garage doors- Since your garage door isn’t reinforced, it’s actually more vulnerable than your roof during a hurricane. Brace your garage door to prevent it from being forced open by high winds and letting rain and debris into your home.
  2. Trees- Trim you’re your tree branches before a storm hits to prevent damage from occurring.
  3. Roofs- Protect your roof with hurricane straps to prevent it from detaching from your home during a hurricane. If there are openings on your roof to allow wires through, seal them off to prevent water from entering your home. Secure loose tiles and shingles to prevent damage during a storm.
  4. Inventory- If a hurricane is predicted for your area, take note of your belongings. It will make replacing items easier if the need should occur after the storm.
  5. Doors and windows- Secure all doors and windows throughout your home to prevent added pressure on your roof and water damage during a storm. Use several locks such as deadbolts to secure doors and use storm shutters or boards to secure windows.
  6. Have your home inspected by Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems to ensure your home is mold free after any water damage.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems has been serving the Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware areas in mold removal and remediation since the 1970s. Our professionals know how harmful both mold and mold removing chemicals can be to you and your family, so we use only the safest and most sanitary to remove mold from your home and prevent it from re-appearing.

If a hurricane hits Maryland this hurricane season and you are a victim of flood and water damage, call the experts at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems to prevent mold growth in your home. Suspect mold in your home now? Don’t wait, call us at 443.687.7300 or click here today.

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Source:

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T028-C001-S001-6-steps-to-protect-your-home-from-hurricanes.html

http://www.midatlantichurricanes.com/Maryland.html

The Elderly and Mold

Mold effects on the elderlyIt might be time to check up on Grandma again. She’s been living in the same house for 30+ years, and chances are she hasn’t been able to get around and clean like she used to. With a lack of cleaning, and possible water damage in the home, there are many potential risks to her health. One of these risks, which may be especially damaging to the elderly, is mold. Without mold removal, Grandma could suffer many health effects because of her exposure to mold in her home.

Mold can pose health problems in those who are allergic, as well as those who are not allergic. Immediate and delayed health effects of mold may include irritation of eyes, nose, throat, skin, and lungs, and may even result in a fever.  For those who are sick or have a decrease in their health, such as the elderly, exposure to mold is more concerning.

Because immune systems are slowly deteriorating in older people, exposure to mold poses a huge health risk. When exposed to mold, the elderly are more susceptible to lung infections, sinus infections, asthma, bronchitis, and in severe cases, cancer. Grandma might not associate her sneezing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing with the presence of mold. For this reason, it is important to have mold removal services available to her, so that her symptoms do not progress into anything more serious.

If you know of senior citizens who need help looking into the presence and or removal of mold in their homes, direct them to Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems.

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.

Sources:

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

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#affect

http://blackmoldresources.com/mold-and-the-elderly/

 

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