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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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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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Dealing with Moisture Intrusion

A large number of basements in the United States are unfinished. They are just sitting there waiting for homeowners like you to transform them into the room of your dreams, whether that be an extra bedroom, a game room, or even a man cave. But before you can begin any basement remodeling project, it is important to do a couple things first.

  1. Mold Inspection: Unfortunately, basements are often synonymous with moisture. And when the conditions are right, this moisture could lead to mold. And the last thing you want to do is put up walls over existing mold.
  2. Mold Removal & Remediation: Mold is not something that can be cleaned using bleach or any other household cleaner. Mold removal must be dealt with professionally by a certified mold remediator, like the ones found at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC. We do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT!
  3. Remove Moisture: If no signs of mold are found, but there is still some source of moisture in your basement, it is important to correct the problem before doing any construction. Otherwise, you run the risk of mold in the future. And once you have finished your basement, mold removal and remediation becomes a lot more difficult.

Dealing with Moisture Intrusion

First, it is important to identify the underlying cause of moisture intrusion. Is the moisture caused by condensation or is moisture seeping through from the exterior of the house? To find out, tape a 2-foot square sheet of plastic to the masonry on a below-grade area of the wall. If moisture collects on the front of the plastic, it is condensation. If water collects on the side of the plastic attached to the wall, then the problem is most likely coming from outside, also known as runoff.

Check back next week as we discuss several simple ways of Dealing with Basement Water Intrusion: Correcting Condensation & Runoff.

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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Moisture and Mold Free Basement Living

How to Remove the Smell of Mildew

Your worst nightmare has officially become a reality; your home has flooded ruining many of your precious belongings.

Your basement has been cleaned up and drained of any excess water but the room still has a lingering smell of mildew. How do you get rid of that?

Because the basement is underground, the answer is not going to be as simple as ‘open up a window.’ To fully remove the smell from the area, you are going to need to locate the source of the stench. The easiest way to get rid of the smell is just to throw away the item entirely, if it is the wallpaper, carpet, clothing, furniture or any other removable object that is the best route to go.

Then place a dehumidifier in the room, this will help decrease the moisture levels in the air so the mildew can stop growing.

If the mildew is coming from a non-fabric material, you’re going to need to get some bleach and a scrub brush to remove the stench. Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy trick for this. Scrubbing out the smell of mildew requires a little bit of time and some elbow grease.  When you’re done, simply wash off the surface with plain water and wipe it dry with a towel.

Dealing with Mold

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 remediaters are highly qualified and equipped with state-of-the-art tools to make sure they get the job done right.

At Chesapeake Environmental, 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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Mold Inspection Baltimore & the Health of your Family

The indoor air quality of your home directly affects the health of you and your family, especially children and the elderly. And the indoor air quality of your home is directly affected by mold. So how can you protect the health of your family and ensure your home is mold free? Mold inspections, of course!

Mold & the Health of your Family

First and foremost, not all molds are harmful. Still, some have been linked to a number of different health problems, including wheezing, asthma attacks, difficulties breathing, sore throat, sinus congestion, persistent coughing, skin irritation or rash, and more.

Children and elderly members of your family are more susceptible to the harmful effects of molds.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems: Mold Inspection Baltimore

Mold inspections are incredibly important to ensure your home is mold free, as molds can grow almost anywhere in a home. As long as the environment is warm, dark, and moist, mold will find a way to grow. Unfortunately, mold growth is not always visible. This is where air sampling comes in handy.

Air sampling is a means to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in an area when the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected, but not visible.

If you suspect you have mold, you need to call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, your Baltimore mold inspector. To help determine if your home or office space has become overrun with mold, our mold inspectors will thoroughly examine your building and conduct air sampling as necessary to assess the level of mold contamination.

Our experience is backed by years of excellent service, cost-effective solutions, honest assessments and guaranteed results. We strive to make your home decontaminated for perfect air quality and better living.

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+.

Mold Inspection Baltimore: Where does Mold like to hide?

Where does Mold like to hide?”

As a business owner or homeowner, have you ever asked yourself that very question? If so, you are not alone. As mold removal and remediation specialists, we hear it all the time. And it is a valid question. Where does mold like to hide?

The Answer: Anywhere and everywhere if the conditions are right.

Molds are tiny microorganisms, ranging in size from 1 – 20 microns. Because of this, mold can and is just about anywhere, from on or behind drywall to under carpets to on metal or glass surfaces. As long as the environment is warm, dark, and moist, mold will find a way to grow.

Mold Inspection Baltimore

Taking care of any mold infestation is important. Some molds produce toxins, which can cause adverse health effects, such as allergies, respiratory ailments and other illnesses. Black molds, which produce mycotoxins, are very poisonous to the body. Other types of mold are relatively harmless.

Do you know what type of mold you have?

If you suspect you have mold, you need to call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, your Baltimore mold inspector. Our inspections involve a visual investigation of the attic, crawlspace, roof, HVAC system and any stain discolorations or signs of moisture intrusion. If mold is not visible, mold sampling can be conducted for an additional fee.

What if you find Mold?”

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT. We employ highly qualified mold remediators who have each been through extensive training and who continue further training while working with us.

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+.

Mold Inspection Baltimore: Why is Mold growing in my Home?

“Why is mold growing in my home?”

As a Baltimore mold remediation company, we have heard this question time and time again. Well, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Too much moisture in a home can lead to mold, mildew, and other biological growth.” And it does not take long for mold to spread.

Tiny mold spores, ranging in size from 1 – 20 microns, are easily carried by air currents and other means, like clothing, pets, shoes, bags, etc., spreading throughout your home. Then, when these spores land in places with favorable conditions, with sufficient moisture and humidity, you will see additional mold growth.

Not only is mold an eyesore, but too much mold “can lead to a variety of health effects ranging from more common allergic reactions, to asthma attacks, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis,” according to the EPA. This is why it is so important to deal with mold when the first warning signs are present.

Warning Signs of Mold

  1. Visible mold growth. And where there is a little visible mold, there is sure to be mold elsewhere in your home, as well.
  2. Musty smell. Sometimes, mold is not visible. It will, however, give off a very distinct musty smell.
  3. Excess moisture. As a general rule of thumb, excess moisture tends to lead to mold growth.
  4. Unexplained illness. If you or a loved one begin suffering from an unexplained illness, mold could be the cause.

If you notice any of the above warning signs of mold, call your local mold inspector right away.

Mold Inspection Baltimore

A thorough inspection by Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC involves a visual investigation of the attic, crawlspace, roof, HVAC system and any stain discolorations or signs of moisture intrusion. If mold is not visible, mold sampling can be conducted for an additional fee.

What is we find mold?

At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we employ highly qualified mold remediators who have each been through extensive training and who continue further training while working with us. 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 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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