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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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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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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/

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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http://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/how-to-prevent-mold-and-mildew/

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/

 

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.

Dealing With Water Damage and Mold in Baltimore

The last week of April brought some serious showers to the middle-Atlantic, and with that came serious water damage in Baltimore. Flooding is routine around these parts during heavy rainstorms, but the rainstorms here were so severe that there was an entire street that collapsed in Baltimore City.

Additionally, serious flooding can bring with it water damage and mold. Water damage is one of the most difficult issues for homeowners to deal with, as water is permeable. There are very few things that can block water effectively, meaning that it can seep into building materials, behind walls, through floors, and more. It also serves as a breeding ground for mold, and one of the most toxic forms at that: black mold. If left untreated, mold can pose some severe health issues to you and your family.

Another challenge of flooding is that the water could be from an overflowing creek or it could be from sewage runoff. There’s no way to know where the water came from or what is in the water, so you want to be especially careful in dealing with water damage in your home. Contact a licensed professional, such as a mold remediation contractor or water damage specialist, to assess the damage and prepare a solution that will fix the existing water damage to both the premises and your home’s infrastructure.

It may be a simple one, requiring fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area, or it may be a more complex one requiring a mold remediation crew. Because water can get everywhere, a treatment for extensive water damage might include cleaning and drying ventilation shafts, air ducts, in the ceiling, and below your floors. All porous materials, such as carpets or rugs that were touched by floodwaters should be immediately tossed. Depending on how badly the water damage affected your home, you may even need to have a general contractor check the infrastructure of your home.

Water damage can pose a serious and frustrating risk to your home – the longer you let it go, the worse it can get. A wet floor can quickly turn into black mold if left untreated. If you see water damage in your home, get help quickly. Give our 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.

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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http://moldremediationatlanta.org/water-damage/

Should I Remove Black Mold Myself?

 

Black mold is a fungus that thrives in dark, moist areas of your home that are not properly ventilated. Popular places for mold growth include attics, basements, and especially bathrooms. All black mold needs to survive is a water source to help it grow and multiply and a surface that is not kept clean and dry.

Should you find some black mold in your home, you can certainly attempt to remove it on your own, with some precautions. There are numerous commercial cleaning products out there that are meant for black mold removal. You may also try a bleach solution of no more than one cup of bleach in a gallon of water.

If you do use bleach, open all doors and windows for proper ventilation and use protective eyewear. Do NOT mix a commercial cleaning product with bleach: you can create toxic fumes and endanger yourself!

If mold has appeared on absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, drywall, or carpet, it is often best to throw them away. Black mold is the most toxic type of mold and can cause serious health problems such as:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Irritation to the mucous membranes
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Mental impairment
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness

If the black mold infestation spans more than ten square feet, you may want to consider contacting a black mold removal specialist. Mold removal in Baltimore is fairly common given our milder, more humid climate during the summers and proximity to water sources. An added benefit of contacting a mold removal specialist is lessening the chance of agitating black mold, which can cause spores to spread and further contaminate your home and health.

Some things you can do to prevent black mold:

  • Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid months to keep humidity levels in your house below 50%
  • Use ventilation systems such as exhaust fans in a kitchen or a bathroom to help prevent mold growth
  • Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products
  • Do not carpet your bathroom
  • Remove and replace flooded carpets

If you have found evidence of mold in your home, whether it is black or otherwise, it is important that you have it checked out and removed immediately. In addition to preserving your family’s health, mold removal can save you costly expenditures in repairs or renovation to your home down the line.

Contact your local Baltimore mold removal company to take care of your mold problem at 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

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http://blackmold.awardspace.com/black-mold-toxic-stachybotrys-mycotoxins.html

http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html

http://www.moldsymptoms.org/

http://www.chesapeakemold.com/blog/mold-removal-baltimore/black-mold-removal-baltimore/

 

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