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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.

 

To contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, call us today at 443-687-7300, or fill out our online contact form.

 

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Source:

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

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

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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

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/

Fixing Poor Air Quality In Your Home or Office

Are you experiencing indoor headaches? Your home or business most likely has poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause severe indoor headaches, fatigue and depression.

Indoor headaches are common because most people spend the majority of their time indoors, as much as 90 percent of the time people are indoors.

Studies by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have revealed that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause the following lifetime symptoms:

  • Asthma
  • Year long allergies
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Sore throats/ Colds/ flu like symptoms
  • Memory loss/ dizziness
  • Chronic depression
  • Heart disease
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory disease

How can you prevent poor indoor air quality (IAQ)?

  1. You should have your HVAC systems and Dehumidifier cleaned by a professional. Standing water, dust mites, mold and mildew can all endanger your health. Have your dehumidifier and HVAC systems regular maintenance for the best indoor air quality.
  2. Mold and clogged air ducts are the main reason why indoor headaches occur. You will know mold or clogged air ducts are present in the home when you experience chronic headaches in specific rooms/ locations of the home. Mold remediation specialists at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC are here to provide excellent mold remediation services to address these situations.
  3. Prevent stale air and carbon dioxide from re-circulating the indoor environment by having the ductwork disinfected.

Good Indoor air quality is important for the comfort and health of people and animals alike.

If your indoor environment has poor ventilation, temperature control issues, or frequent high or low humidity, it’s time to hire a professional such as Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC to restore good indoor air quality.

You do not have to suffer from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) because of a contaminated HVAC system or excessive mold growth.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, a mold remediation and environment restoration company, can inspect your home or commercial business for asbestos, mold and lead exposure, water damage restoration services, and more.

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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Source: 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/26/how-to-purify-the-air-in-your-home.aspx

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality/

http://www.emaxhealth.com/110/22811.html

The Effects Mold Can Have On Your Body

Mold can not only have a negative effect on your home, but also your health. Researchers have linked mold to several health issues, including asthma, fatigue, vomiting, disorientation, and more.

This week, we are going to take a more in depth look at how mold affects different systems in the body, from the respiratory system to the nervous system and everything in between.

  1. Mold and the Respiratory System: Comprised of your nose, mouth, lungs, trachea, and esophagus, the respiratory system is very sensitive to mold. Mold can cause sneezing, excess mucous production, stuffy sinusitis, bleeding of the lungs and nose, and more.
  2. Mold and the Nervous System: Comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, the nervous system can also be affected by mold. Mold can cause memory loss, tremors, numbness, as well as personality changes.
  3. Mold and the Vascular System: Comprised of the heart, blood, and blood vessels, the vascular system is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. And overexposure to mold can cause an infection of this system.
  4. Mold and the Skin: The largest organ of the human body, skin reacts very differently to mold from person to person. Symptoms can range from itching and swelling to rashes, swelling, and more.

Mold Removal & Mold Remediation Services in Baltimore, Maryland

Mold is not something that can be cleaned up with bleach and water and forgotten about. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC employs only certified mold remediators that have been through extensive training, and who continue further training while working for us.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC does 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!

“It’s very comforting to work with a contractor that understands how important deadlines are within a contract. And with Chesapeake, I can be assured that a mold or water-proofing issue will no longer be a reason that a transaction falls apart.” – Syreeta Saunders-Keys

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Types of Harmful Mold

Mold comes in many different varieties and is found almost everywhere on earth. There are over 100,000 different types and species of mold. Some of them are harmless, while some are very harmful and can cause major health problems.

The most common types of mold that can cause health problems are:

  • Allergenic Molds: These types of molds can cause allergies in humans. If you have a weak immune system or have asthma you may be vulnerable to allergies caused by allergenic molds.
  • Pathogenic Molds: These types of molds can cause severe health problems for people with a weak immune system. This type of mold needs to be professionally removed to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Toxic Mold: This is a very rare type of mold but it is also very harmful. In some instances, it can lead to death.

Mold is not something that can be cleaned by the average do-it-yourself homeowner using a household cleaner. Mold removal must be dealt with by a professional, certified, and highly qualified mold remediator, like the ones 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! Let us provide you with your free Mold Assessment. You can also follow Chesapeake Environmental on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Source:

http://www.cleanwaterpartners.org/mold/types.html

Mold Allergy Treatment: Call your Baltimore Mold Remediation Company!

Have you or a loved one started experiencing unexplainable symptoms, including wheezing; stuffy or runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; shortness of breath; or rash or hives? If so, mold could be the culprit. Not only are household molds unsightly, but, in some cases, they can even make you sick. This holds especially true if you or a loved one has asthma or mold allergies. For these people, touching or inhaling mold can cause allergic reactions. For the rest of us, mold is simply an irritant, aggravating the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.

Want to rid yourself of that wheezing; stuffy or runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; or rash or hives? Well, the only way to get rid of the symptoms is to get rid of the source of the problem: the mold!

DIY Mold Inspection & Remediation

In today’s do-it-yourself world, more and more homeowners are taking on tasks they would have outsourced to professionals in the past. After all, you can find a video to walk you through pretty much anything on the Internet. So there should be no reason you can’t handle the mold inspection and remediation on your own, right? Wrong!

  1. DIY Mold Inspection vs. Professional Mold Inspection: While DIY mold testing kits may pick up on most instances of mold, they are not 100% affective. This is why you need to hire a professional mold inspector to survey your home.
  2. DIY Mold Remediation vs. Professional Mold Remediation: Mold is not something that can be cleaned up with bleach and water and forgotten about. Mold removal must be dealt with professionally by a certified mold remediator, like the ones found at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC.

Baltimore Mold Remediation from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT! And because our processes are so comprehensive, we are more than happy to offer homeowners a warranty against return mold growth in any of the treated areas. So why would you call anyone else?

If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today! Let us provide you with your free Mold Assessment. You can also follow Chesapeake Environmental on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Sources:

  1. Mold Allergy WebMD
  2. Moisture and Mold Problems: Preventing and Solving Them in Your Home WebMD
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