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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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Source:

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/

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.

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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/

 

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/

What Is The Best Way To Handle Water Damage?

Oftentimes, we experience heavy thunderstorms and severe weather. Flooding from these storms, as well as damage to water pipes in your residential or commercial area, can cause unwanted and unwelcome water damage. Water damage can be time-consuming and costly to remedy, but it is essential to have a professional, like those at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, come in to assess and fix your problem before it becomes any worse.

Water damage coverage is not always included in your home insurance policy, and so having a professional water restoration company on call to fix your water damaged property is necessary. There are many problems that can be exacerbated by water damage, including issues with drainage systems, plumbing systems, and your home’s sewer system. None of these types of problems should be left unchecked, and so the sooner Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can offer you their assistance, the better.

Another major consequence of water damage is that it facilitates mold growth. Mold can develop and spread to nearly any surface in your home, and so removing it is key to maintaining your home’s healthy air quality. Left ignored for too long, mold can cause illness to you and your family, and so a trained mold remediation team will have to come in to keep your home safe.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Services offers top-of-the-line insight into water damage and mold growth problems.  Get in touch with us today by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visiting MoldHelpOnline.com to have all of your questions answered.

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Source:

http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/consumer/cb074.html

http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/dryout.htm

http://voices.yahoo.com/water-damage-mold-clean-up-5549855.html?cat=30

 

How Can I Correct Water Intrusion?

How to correct that water intrusion:

For Condensation Problems:

  1. Insulation: If the underlying cause of your water intrusion is condensation, then insulation may do the trick. First, insulate surfaces where condensation has occurred or is likely to occur, such as cold water pipes or ductwork. It is also important to insulate around the foundation wall to prevent air from cooling and reaching its dew point.
  2. Air Seal: Caulking or otherwise sealing gaps and cracks in the foundation wall will help prevent moisture from entering the home. It will also help make your home more energy efficient.
  3. Dehumidify: A dehumidifier will remove excess water from the air.

For Runoff Problems:

  1. Proper Grade: If the ground near the foundation slopes toward the home, this could be a problem. To correct this, simply add more soil around your home, sloping it away from the home.
  2. Gutters: If your gutters are clogged or not directing rainwater away from the foundation, this could be causing excess moisture to collect around the foundation and eventually infiltrate the basement.

And that is just the beginning. Of course, after correcting the source of your moisture intrusion, it is important to alleviate your mold problem, as well.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems: Mold Removal and Remediation throughout Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia!

By calling Chesapeake, you can schedule your free consultation to determine the extent of mold growth and diagnose any water infiltration issues. Unattended mold and water infiltration issues can drastically increase the amount of property damage and drive up the repair cost. So do not hesitate. Pick up the phone and give us a call!

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.

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Sources:

Moisture and Mold Free Basement Living

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