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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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Mold Spotlight: Aspergillus

There are several varieties of mold that can develop inside your home, with some being more harmful than others. Today, we are focusing on one of the most common mold types: aspergillus. Though generally people can inhale aspergillus spores without any issues arising, it is still vital to remove growths of aspergillus from your home. If you think you might have a growth of aspergillus in your home, call your mold remediation experts from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today.

Aspergillus fungus can grow both indoors and outdoors; it does not require highly specialized circumstances in which to thrive. Though it is not considered a toxic form of mold, it can still cause health problems in certain types of situations. A healthy person can inhale aspergillus spores and not have it affect them; a person with a compromised immune system or a lung disease could be affected by breathing in the fungus. The resulting illness is known as aspergillosis.

What is aspergillosis?

Aspergillosis can manifest in several different ways. The most common symptoms of the disease include allergic reactions, coughing, and wheezing- this is the sign of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.  A more severe form of aspergillosis is the invasive variety, which can lead to infections and tissue damage throughout the body. Not only can invasive aspergillosis infect the lungs, but it can also infect other organs if not treated. Aspergillosis is treated with an antifungal medicine.

In order to prevent aspergillosis, there are several steps you can take. You should attempt to avoid exposure to dust and dirt as much as possible and if you must be around them, wear a mask. You can also use an air filter in your home to remove aspergillus spores from the air. However, if a mold growth has already begun in your home, call and schedule a mold inspection to determine whether or not you are dealing with aspergillus. The best method of prevention is to have a professional mold remediation specialist come in and safely remove the mold growth and clean the area so that your air quality stays clean and you and your family are kept safe from mold-related diseases.

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Center for Disease Control

Mold and Your Kitchen

What is it that makes your kitchen one of the prime spots for mold growth? While humidity and heat facilitate mold growth, mold can only develop on organic matter, and your kitchen is certainly full of that. Because mold can be toxic and harmful to you and your family, it is important to have a professional mold inspection and analysis done of the mold you find in your kitchen to ensure your safety. As far as preventing mold growth in the first place goes, the experts at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems have a few tips for you to follow.

Keep it clean

Clean out your fridge, pantry, and cabinets of any food that is past its expiration date or that you know will not be eaten. Mold can start to develop on certain foods left sitting too long, so it is important to get rid of any of those potential sources of mold. You should also be emptying your garbage daily or at least multiple times a week; mold inspections have shown that mold grows easily on the organic matter in garbage cans.

Use vinegar to disinfect

You can use vinegar to kill off mold growths in your garbage disposal, on your cutting boards, and on your counter tops. You should also clean your kitchen weekly with some kind of antibacterial cleaning solution to discourage mold from developing.

Keep things well ventilated

Combat heat and humidity in your kitchen by running exhaust vents, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, or by opening a window while you cook. The more fresh, dry air you are able to supply your kitchen, the better your chances are of not developing mold.

 If you do see mold start to develop in your kitchen, then a mold inspection might be in order. Professionals from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can analyze the mold growth, determine whether or not it is a harmful variety of mold, and safely remove it from your home. Is your kitchen becoming the site of mold growth? Call us today to schedule an inspection.

Mold and Your Kitchen

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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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What You Should Know About a Maryland Mold Inspection

Some types of mold are harmless, but even if they are, they signal other problems. Other types of mold can be extremely dangerous for your health and should be removed immediately. We do give you tips and tricks on how to recognize mold and have an idea of whether or not it’s dangerous, but you should still never attempt mold removal yourself. When you decide to hire a professional for a mold inspection, there are a few things you should know about the inspection process.

 

What is your mold inspector searching for?
There are two main things that a mold inspector will be after when he or she is in your home: if there is mold and if so, where the water causing the mold is coming form. It’s important to have a mold inspection on a regular basis even if you aren’t suspicious of mold growing in your home. It can be hard to find, invisible, and causing health problems that you haven’t caught yet.

You’ll be asked to answer a few questions.
Signs of mold aren’t always what you think they are; if you or anyone in your family has repeatedly gotten sick without any sure sign of what is causing the illness, you may have mold hiding in your home. An inspector will ask questions about this, as well as about any water problems you may have had since your last inspection. Leaks and floods can very easily cause mold.

What happens if the inspector finds mold?
In the case that your home has mold in it, you’ll need to seek remediation immediately. If you have found a colony of mold on your own, you should not try doing any mold remediation on your own. It could be toxic and disturbing it may cause serious health issues for you. Always call a professional in. They will be able to recognize the mold for what it is and remove it safely for you.

If you’ve had any water damage recently or noticed a strange odor in your home, you should hire someone to come check for mold and prepare for mold remediation. Mold isn’t something to mess around with.

If you suspect your home might be affected by mold, or if you want more information about Maryland mold inspections, 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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