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Mold Removal to Protect your Dogs

Dogs and Mold Removal

 

As a parent, you do everything within your power to protect your children from harm. You make sure your home is a safe place for your children to grow up and be happy. For some parents, their children include their dogs, which means keeping your home safe for your canine as well. That means keeping “human” food off the floor, taking them for plenty of walks, and taking them to the vet annually. Parents of both children and dogs alike will try to think of everything and anything to keep their loved ones safe, but have they ever considered the harmful effect mold may have on their dogs?

 

While it is a known fact that some mold spores can cause allergies in humans, and can even be harmful to humans, many people don’t realize the damage mold spores can have on pets. Some molds, like with humans, aren’t harmful to dogs after exposure. But others can become quite toxic for pets and should be removed immediately. Like with humans, dogs should be kept away from black mold. While black mold is rare in well kept homes, exposure can cause problems with a dog’s lungs and sinuses. Another harmful mold, pythiosis, can be extremely harmful to dogs after exposure.

 

Pythiosis is known as the water mold and is a parasitic spore that enters a dog through the skin, throat, or nose. Once the spores have been inhaled or swallowed, it can infect the dog’s sinuses, skin, gastrointestinal system, brain, and lungs. Common symptoms of a dog that has been in contact with pythiosis include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Pain

 

If you believe your dog has been exposed to any harmful mold, seek a veterinarians care immediately. The best way to protect your dog from harmful mold is to call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems as soon as mold is suspected or spotted. At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we specialize in the removal, remediation, analysis, and inspection of mold in Maryland homes.

 

If you want to keep your dogs and family safe from mold, call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today at 443-687-7300, or visit our online contact page to fill out our form.

 

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Source:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_multi_pythiosis?page=2

Mold Shouldn’t Destroy your Real Estate Transaction

 

Real Estate mold removalAfter months and months of searching, you think you have finally found the one. You stand in front of what you hope is your new home. Finding a home that suits your needs can be difficult, especially in the tight real estate economy, so when you find the one you love, you don’t want it to slip through your fingers. You walk up the front steps and begin to imagine the memories you will build with your family in this house. You begin to tour the house and continue to fall in love. With each room you walk through, you grow more attached to the home; you even start to picture how the rooms will look after you hang decorations. Then you reach the basement and you feel a pit begin to form in your stomach. The basement smells musty and you turn to see signs of mold forming in one of the corners of the basement. You rush back upstairs and begin to panic. Your dream home is tainted; how are you supposed to buy a home that has mold in it? You tell your real estate agent no and turn your back from your dream home.

 

This scenario can be easily avoided when dealing with real estate. If you find that your dream home has mold inside, don’t be quick to change your mind. Call the professionals at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. We have become a leading name in the mold removal industry throughout the state of Maryland. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems has partnered with several reputable real estate agencies throughout the state to handle mold removal and remediation when buying and selling homes. Some real estate agencies that we partner with include:

 

  • Long and Foster
  • Prudential
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Remax

 

Along with mold removal and remediation, we also offer mold analysis services that allows us to determine if the mold found is dangerous or not. Most often, mold found within homes doesn’t pose a serious threat to human health. Don’t let mold scare you away from your dream home.

 

To get started with Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, call us today at 443-687-7300. You can also use our online contact form.

 

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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.

Laundry Room Mold Removal

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Source:

http://laundry.about.com/od/cleaningthelaundryroom/a/moldprevention.htm

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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Source:

http://www.legalinfo.com/content/toxic-mold/what-types-of-mold-are-considered-toxic-mold.html

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 In HVAC System

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/

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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Sources:

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

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

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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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

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