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Mold Spotlight: Cladosporium

Not all molds are created equal: Some varieties of mold fall into the extremely hazardous and toxic category, while others are relatively innocuous. And some, like the pathogenic fungi cladosporium, fall somewhere in between those two extremes. Your mold removal experts from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems are here to help and to tell you what you should know about cladosporium.

Like any variety of mold, cladosporium does best in outdoor environments with plenty of organic material on which to grow. Indoors, however, it can find a home on damp surfaces or in the air if there is sufficient humidity. A mold inspection performed by professionals can determine whether or not you have a growth of cladosporium in your Baltimore home. They can test the mold sample to see whether or not it is cladosporium or another variety of mold, and they can remove the mold safely without causing any damage to your home.

Cladosporium is not often linked to diseases or illnesses in humans; more toxic molds are responsible for things like that. However, it can still have a negative impact on your health if left alone in your home. Cladosporium spores can infect your skin, eyes, sinuses, and even your brain in some cases. Among its more mild effects are an influence over allergies and asthma; if you suffer from either one, cladosporium exposure could exacerbate your symptoms.

Though cladosporium has been associated with fungal meningitis as one of its pathogens, it is not typically harmful to humans. Nevertheless, mold removal is always the key to keeping a clean, healthy, and happy home. In order to determine whether or not you need to have a growth of cladosporium removed from any room in your home, you should first and foremost schedule a mold inspection so that you can identify the mold species you have discovered. Mold removal professionals from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems will work to ensure that you and your family are kept safe from harmful mold growths in your Baltimore home.

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Center for Disease Control

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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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 In HVAC System

How Can A Mold Inspection Benefit My Health?

Mold can be detrimental to your health. Not only is it an unwanted visitor, certain types of mold can lead to serious health risks such as brain damage and even death. Mold is no laughing matter! Fortunately, it can be removed with the help of experienced mold removal team in Baltimore.

During a mold inspection, the professionals at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC, will inspect your home from top to bottom to identify where the mold is. At the end of the mold inspection, we will discuss with you (the homeowner) the appropriate course of action for removing the mold from your Baltimore home completely. Even better, we can guarantee that the mold never comes back to the areas of your home we have already treated. That is our promise to you.

So what are you waiting for? Hire Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC to inspect your Baltimore home for mold today!

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About Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC in Baltimore

If your home is affected by mold following a flood, give the mold remediation specialists at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC a call. We are a leader in mold remediation and mold removal, offering services in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania & West Virginia. Our mold remediators are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

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!

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