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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.

To get started with Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, call us today at 443.687.7300 or visit our contact page. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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.

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

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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

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/

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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Sources:

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