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Mold Spotlight: Aspergillus

There are several varieties of mold that can develop inside your home, with some being more harmful than others. Today, we are focusing on one of the most common mold types: aspergillus. Though generally people can inhale aspergillus spores without any issues arising, it is still vital to remove growths of aspergillus from your home. If you think you might have a growth of aspergillus in your home, call your mold remediation experts from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today.

Aspergillus fungus can grow both indoors and outdoors; it does not require highly specialized circumstances in which to thrive. Though it is not considered a toxic form of mold, it can still cause health problems in certain types of situations. A healthy person can inhale aspergillus spores and not have it affect them; a person with a compromised immune system or a lung disease could be affected by breathing in the fungus. The resulting illness is known as aspergillosis.

What is aspergillosis?

Aspergillosis can manifest in several different ways. The most common symptoms of the disease include allergic reactions, coughing, and wheezing- this is the sign of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.  A more severe form of aspergillosis is the invasive variety, which can lead to infections and tissue damage throughout the body. Not only can invasive aspergillosis infect the lungs, but it can also infect other organs if not treated. Aspergillosis is treated with an antifungal medicine.

In order to prevent aspergillosis, there are several steps you can take. You should attempt to avoid exposure to dust and dirt as much as possible and if you must be around them, wear a mask. You can also use an air filter in your home to remove aspergillus spores from the air. However, if a mold growth has already begun in your home, call and schedule a mold inspection to determine whether or not you are dealing with aspergillus. The best method of prevention is to have a professional mold remediation specialist come in and safely remove the mold growth and clean the area so that your air quality stays clean and you and your family are kept safe from mold-related diseases.

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Center for Disease Control

Mold and Your Kitchen

What is it that makes your kitchen one of the prime spots for mold growth? While humidity and heat facilitate mold growth, mold can only develop on organic matter, and your kitchen is certainly full of that. Because mold can be toxic and harmful to you and your family, it is important to have a professional mold inspection and analysis done of the mold you find in your kitchen to ensure your safety. As far as preventing mold growth in the first place goes, the experts at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems have a few tips for you to follow.

Keep it clean

Clean out your fridge, pantry, and cabinets of any food that is past its expiration date or that you know will not be eaten. Mold can start to develop on certain foods left sitting too long, so it is important to get rid of any of those potential sources of mold. You should also be emptying your garbage daily or at least multiple times a week; mold inspections have shown that mold grows easily on the organic matter in garbage cans.

Use vinegar to disinfect

You can use vinegar to kill off mold growths in your garbage disposal, on your cutting boards, and on your counter tops. You should also clean your kitchen weekly with some kind of antibacterial cleaning solution to discourage mold from developing.

Keep things well ventilated

Combat heat and humidity in your kitchen by running exhaust vents, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, or by opening a window while you cook. The more fresh, dry air you are able to supply your kitchen, the better your chances are of not developing mold.

 If you do see mold start to develop in your kitchen, then a mold inspection might be in order. Professionals from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can analyze the mold growth, determine whether or not it is a harmful variety of mold, and safely remove it from your home. Is your kitchen becoming the site of mold growth? Call us today to schedule an inspection.

Mold and Your Kitchen

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Removing Mold Around Your Windows

Certain areas in your home are more susceptible to mold than others. Your windows, for example, are often exposed to rain and humidity, which create the perfect environment for mold growth. So how exactly does mold grow around your windows, and how do you remove it? Your Baltimore mold inspection experts from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems are here to tell you.

mold windowsWhere mold grows on your windows depends on which component of the window you are talking about. Mold cannot grow on inorganic matter, so the actual glass surface of your windowpane is generally safe. However, the wooden windowsills and the frame are at risk of mold growth. The inorganic components of the window, including the glass and the tracks (often made of aluminum) can be the site of mold growth if dust is allowed to gather on them; the organic matter in the dust then becomes the surface the mold grows on.

You can reduce the chances of mold growing around your windows by trying to control the amount of humidity in your home as best as you can. A dehumidifier and an effective ventilation system can go a long way in keeping the air in your home dry, which in turn will cut down on the chances of mold growth.

Keeping your windows clean, both inside and out, is the best way to ensure that mold does not grow on them. But you cannot completely guarantee that mold will not grow on your windows; the dampness and condensation that collects there provides an ideal home for mold and mildew. If you find that mold has begun to develop around your windows, mold removal is the key to preserving you and your family’s health. Many kinds of mold are toxic, and mold in general can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems when the spores are inhaled.

Schedule a regular mold inspection for your home so that mold that grows in tough-to-see spots, such as around your windows, can be identified and safely removed by a professional. In order to keep you and your family healthy, mold removal is an essential step to take. Call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today for more information.

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Mold and Your Laundry Room

It comes as no surprise that the laundry room is a prime spot for mold growth. Laundry rooms provide the two things that mold needs to thrive: humidity and heat. But just because mold would find the laundry room’s environment welcoming does not mean that you welcome it in your home; aside from that musty smell that comes with it, some varieties of mold are toxic and can put the health of you and your family at risk. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, however, is here to help you learn how to cut down on mold growth and to provide top quality mold removal and mold remediation services to you.

The first thing you can tackle to cut down on mold growth is the humidity level in your laundry room. Damp environments are ideal for mold, and so whatever you can do to dry your laundry room’s air out, you should. If you are on a ground level and can open a window while doing your laundry, that extra ventilation will help decrease humidity. For basement laundry rooms or rooms without windows, consider using a dehumidifier or a fan to keep the air dry. Good ventilation will also help keep heat levels lower, another good method of stopping mold.

Another good way to stop mold growth in your laundry room is to immediately dry your clothes after washing; do not let them sit in the washing machine or on top of it while still damp. Wet or damp clothes can develop and spread mildew if they are not dried.

Keep the interior of your washer and dryer clean and be on the lookout for any suspicious stains or signs of mold growth in your laundry room. If mold has begun to grow somewhere in your laundry room, the safest thing to do is to call a professional mold removal and mold remediation service to deal with the problem. If you try to remove mold on your own, you may put yourself at an unnecessary health risk, and you may not even be able to effectively remove all of the mold. Call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today for more information on mold prevention, mold removal, and mold remediation.

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What is Toxic Mold?

Toxic Mold

 

Humans are exposed to mold spores every single day. Whether the exposure occurs in their home, outdoors, or in a public building, mold spores are all around us. While this daily exposure typically never causes a problem for us, there are toxic molds that we need to always be aware of. Typically when a person mentions a toxic mold, they think of black mold. While black mold is the most fatal to humans, there are other toxic molds out there. A toxic mold is a mold that can have fatal effects on humans after exposure. The 5 families of toxic mold are:

 

  • Aspergillus- Out of the five families, this mold family is the least dangerous. While more than 160 different molds belong to this family, only 16 of these pose a threat to humans after exposure.
  • Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Fusarium- These three mold families can cause similar serious symptoms in humans after exposure. An infection of the lungs, kidney, and liver can occur due to these families. Asthma and nail fungus have also been linked as symptoms to these three families of mold.
  • Stachbotrys- The most famous and the most fatal, black mold can have devastating affects on humans after exposure. Elderly, infants, and those with a compromised immune system are at the most risk when exposed to black mold. This mold has been linked to brain and nerve damage, liver damage, and pulmonary edema.

 

If you suspect a toxic mold to be present in your home, never take matters into your own hands. Instead, call the mold experts at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. Our professionals are trained to conduct mold inspections throughout your home while also providing free mold analysis on the spores we find. We then determine the cause of the mold and remove the mold from your home. We will also work with you to guarantee that mold spores will not be present in your home again.

 

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Mold in your Air Vents and Ducts

 

Air vents and ducts

Finding mold in your home can be easy for the most part. Mold can be found in plain sight very often, making detection easy. There are times, however, when mold can develop out of your range of sight, almost hidden. When mold develops in your home’s air vents and ducts, detection will come late. Until a strong odor develops from the mold and mildew or the mold spreads out into plain sight, you will be unaware at the mold development occurring.

 

There are two common causes of mold and mildew in a HVAC system in a home. One reason is the development of condensation on and in the system. If your air conditioning system is cold while the surrounding air is humid, water can develop within the vents and ducts without you knowing. The cool, dark area is a perfect place for mold to develop and spread. Another cause of mold development in your HVAC system is the buildup of organic materials. When dust gets trapped in your ducts and vents, it carries food to the mold. Dust is made of plenty organic material, like pollen and even dead cells from skin, which provides food for growing mold pores.

 

Once you see the mold developing, or you smell the mildew or mold, its best to leave your HVAC system off to prevent the spread of spores throughout your home. If you suspect mold growth, check the following components of your system:

  • Drip pans
  • Intake vents
  • Cooling coils
  • Air ducts

 

When mold develops in your air vents and ducts, call the professionals at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. Our professionals are trained in the removal, remediation, analysis, and inspection of mold in your home. We not only remove mold from your home, we prevent mold growth in the future.

 

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Mold and your Attic

Attic Mold

 

There are several places in your home where mold and mildew can form. Most people assume the basement and bathroom as the two most frequent places in a home where mold can sprout its ugly face. Very often, homeowners never consider the attic as a home for mold. Because an attic is the highest point of a home, homeowners never think to check for mold and mildew.

 

There are several causes for mold growth in an attic:

  1. Roofing- The most common cause of mold in an attic is a roof that is leaking. The constant water exposure in an attic can lead to the growth of mold and mildew in your attic.
  2. Insulation- Attic insulation that is missing or was installed improperly can lead to mold in your attic. Moisture from the lower levels of your home can rise to your attic and become trapped, leading to mold and mildew growth.
  3. Ventilation- Improper attic ventilation that allows an attic to stay warm will cause mold. The warm air paired with moisture due to a closed off attic can create the ideal home for mold growth. If other appliance ventilation feed into your attic, you are still at a risk for mold growth. Vents from a bathroom, kitchen, or dryer that feeds into an attic can cause warm air to be trapped in an attic, leading to mold.
  4. Water heater or Furnace- With the demand for larger homes with luxury appliances, the need for several heaters and furnaces has increased. This has led to water heaters and furnaces to be installed in attics. Leaks from the two appliances can cause mold in an attic just like in a basement.
  5. Ice Dams- An “ice dam” is created when water is trapped in gutters, then freezes, and begins to back into a home. The water can then lead to mold growth.

 

If you suspect mold damage in your home’s attic, call the specialists at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. We specialize in services such as:

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

 

 

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http://www.purocleanpers.us/2011/12/11/the-6-most-common-causes-for-mold-growth-in-your-home%E2%80%99s-attic-%E2%80%93-and-what-to-do-about-it/

Basements and Mold

Basements and Mold

Flooding basements tend to be a problem this season in Baltimore with the strong summer storms. Not only does it ruin floors, furniture, and other basement items, but having a wet basement can also pose a big health risk: mold. Most dampness is accumulated from melting snow or rainfall. When the groundwater rises, it may seep its way into the cracks in the foundation of your home, and enter your basement. However, flooding isn’t the only thing that can cause a wet basement that leads to mold. Take a look at a few other ways that mold can creep up on you:

 

Condensation – Just like a cold can will “sweat” when sitting outside in the warmer air, your basement walls can do the same. When the cold foundation meets the warmer air, it causes condensation to build up on the walls and floors of your basement. If this goes unnoticed, mold can start to grow in this damp, cool place.

 

Gutters and runoff – It is important to make sure that the water is successfully directed away from your home through the gutter and spout systems. If not, that just gives the water a straight shot into the ground and foundation of your home. By placing splash blocks under the gutter, it can help direct the water away.

 

As you can see, damp basements are a common issue. However, it is very important to keep it dry to decrease the chance of mold accumulation. Mold can cause a variety of health issues that can be extremely damaging with overexposure. So how can you prevent it?

  • Check for any cracks or holes in the walls and foundation
  • Fix any leaky pipes
  • Place a dehumidifier in your basement to keep the humidity and moisture down
  • Every couple of months, check the vents, wall cavities, insulation, storage spaces, undersides of furniture, and any other dark, damp spaces where mold may begin to grow

 

Mold is not an enjoyable issue to deal with, and it is all too common in basements. If you think you are already experiencing mold in your basement, it’s best to hire a mold removal professional. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can help you locate the mold growth, identify which type of mold has begun growing, and eliminate the mold from your basement. We also offer free mold inspection. Our specialists will not only remove the mold from your basement, but can guarantee that it will not return.

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http://blackmold.awardspace.com/mold-basement.html

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,220912,00.html

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