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When You Need to Call a Mold Remediation Specialist

How do you know when it’s time to call a mold remediation specialist? Well, if you see mold growing in your home, that’s a dead giveaway. Unfortunately, most of the time mold is hiding in places it can’t been seen, like behind walls or in HVAC ducts. So what do you do when the perpetrator is invisible? Here’s how to use your senses to figure out if you need to call a mold remediation specialist.

 

How to Detect the Presence of Mold in Your Home

The Noes Goes

If you start to notice a persistent musty smell that won’t go away, it could be mold. If you only notice this smell when you turn on the HVAC system, it means the mold is growing in the HVAC system. By using your air conditioning or heat, you’re actually spreading mold spores throughout the house, which means the sooner you call a mold remediation specialist, the better. Breathing in mold spores can also cause the following symptoms:

  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Itchy skin and eyes

 

The Eyes Have It

You might not always be able to see mold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your eyes to find it. You may notice symptoms of mold damage in your home, or situations that could facilitate the growth of mold. Symptoms of mold damage include:

  • Discoloration of walls, stains on or behind wallpaper, under carpet
  • Paint chipping/peeling
  • Loosening of drywall tape
  • Fogged windows
  • Stains on window sill/case
  • Stains on eaves, roof line, or stucco
  • Stains in tile grout

Situations that could facilitate the growth of mold include:

  • High humidity in your home
  • Leaky pipes/roof
  • Flooding
  • Poor ventilation

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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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http://www.contractorsfromhell.com/renovation-risks-and-realities/mold-five-warning-signs-your-home-may-have-it/

 

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

 

How Can I Correct Water Intrusion?

How to correct that water intrusion:

For Condensation Problems:

  1. Insulation: If the underlying cause of your water intrusion is condensation, then insulation may do the trick. First, insulate surfaces where condensation has occurred or is likely to occur, such as cold water pipes or ductwork. It is also important to insulate around the foundation wall to prevent air from cooling and reaching its dew point.
  2. Air Seal: Caulking or otherwise sealing gaps and cracks in the foundation wall will help prevent moisture from entering the home. It will also help make your home more energy efficient.
  3. Dehumidify: A dehumidifier will remove excess water from the air.

For Runoff Problems:

  1. Proper Grade: If the ground near the foundation slopes toward the home, this could be a problem. To correct this, simply add more soil around your home, sloping it away from the home.
  2. Gutters: If your gutters are clogged or not directing rainwater away from the foundation, this could be causing excess moisture to collect around the foundation and eventually infiltrate the basement.

And that is just the beginning. Of course, after correcting the source of your moisture intrusion, it is important to alleviate your mold problem, as well.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems: Mold Removal and Remediation throughout Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia!

By calling Chesapeake, you can schedule your free consultation to determine the extent of mold growth and diagnose any water infiltration issues. Unattended mold and water infiltration issues can drastically increase the amount of property damage and drive up the repair cost. So do not hesitate. Pick up the phone and give us a call!

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

Common Mold Questions

Do you have a basement mold problem? It’s common in basements.Types of Mold

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can help you address your basement mold problems with our basement mold remediation services.

We are certified mold removal specialists ready to serve Maryland homeowners and commercial businesses alike.

With a proper mold inspection of your basement and overall mold testing of your home, you can prevent and correct home mold disasters in no time.

Mold removal is never a do it yourself job. It’s dangerous handling mold; the mold abatement process is complicated.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems is well prepared to identify the extent of mold-related damage your basement has suffered and can take action to prevent further mold contamination through our thorough mold clean up process.

Basement mold remediation is required when you cannot maintain good moisture control in your basement. Mold thrives off of dark, warm, moist environments.

We can resolve your basement mold problem by controlling your basement humidity levels and checking your basement for any sources of still water.

You can count on Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems to remove mold from your basement. We use the latest mold remediation technology, including state-of-the-art HEPA vacuums.

With proper mold remediation services, you can enjoy your basement extra living space in ways you could never imagine before.

Have that basement bar you’ve been dreaming about built.

Add in that stellar wine cellar you saw in the latest home improvement magazine.

You can even add in that home theater and playroom you’ve been holding off for years.

With Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems you can be sure your home is in good health.

As a certified and licensed mold remediation company,Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems is 100% dedicated to providing our customers thorough, efficient analysis and treatment for mold and water problems.

Here are the full remediation services we offer:

  • HVAC decontamination
  • Final clearance mold testing
  • Water Mitigation
  • Water Damage Restoration Services
  • HVAC Cleaning Services
  • Lead Removal Services
  • Contracting Services
  • Asbestos Testing
  • Post-remediation report preparation
  • And Complete Mold or Water Remediation Services

Need a Mold Remediater in Baltimore, Maryland? Then call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC

At Chesapeake Environmental, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT! We employ certified mold remediaters, equipping them with state-of-the-art tools to make sure we get the job done right the first time.

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://www.absolutelyspotlessmold.com/basementmoldremediation.htm

http://www.home-designing.com/2013/01/30-basement-remodeling-ideas-inspiration

Types of Toxic Mold

Types of MoldMold is never something you want to find in your home. While not all types of mold are toxic, many still present possibly health problems. It is very important to contact professionals if you find mold in your home. Most of the time it is not possible to know whether or not a specific mold is toxic or not unless you get it checked out by someone who deals with mold every day. Toxic mold is the type you have to worry about the most, though. If there is toxic mold in your home, mold remediation will be necessary, but what are the toxic types of mold? There are five main types.

  1. Stachybotrys (stack-ee-botris) – This type of mold is the most lethal. Some people only suffer from minor aches, pains, and ailments while others have been known to contract diseases such as cancer from this mold. People with weaker immune systems are the most susceptible to illnesses associated with stachybotrys. This is also known as toxic black mold for its coloration.
  2. Cladosporium – While not as toxic as stachybotrys, cladosporium has still been known to make people ill but is most associated with allergies, asthma, and infections. It can grow on floors and wallpaper if there is any moisture to feed it.
  3. Fusarium – You won’t find fusarium growing in your house, but you may find it in your vegetables. It is not something that you want to ingest. It can cause infections similar to those that cladosporium presents. Take care to make sure you know where your food is coming from and what is growing in your garden.
  4. Penicillium – This particular mold might sound familiar. It is what the antibiotic, penicillin, derives from. The mold is useful in medications when the correct strain is used. Different types of this mold present different problems, though. It can grow on food that has been left too long in the refrigerator and make a person very sick.
  5. Aspergillus – Of the five molds listed, this is the least harmful to humans. It is found in the air as well as in water damaged buildings and air conditioning units that haven’t been cleaned. Aspergillus is known to cause infection on occasion.

In order to keep your home safe from these types of mold, make sure you get a mold inspection at the first sign of dampness or possible infestation.

Need a Mold Remediater in Baltimore, Maryland? Then call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC

At Chesapeake Environmental, we do not cover up mold, WE REMOVE IT! We employ certified mold remediaters, equipping them with state-of-the-art tools to make sure we get the job done right the first time.

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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Preventing Mold Growth In Your Home

Following a major storm, flooding, a busted pipe, or any other incident that results in water infiltration in your home, you need to act quickly! It only takes mold about two days to start growing in your home, giving you just 24-48 to sufficiently dry your home and prevent mold growth.

Preventing Mold Growth

  1. Step one: Remove any standing water.
  2. Step two: Remove any damaged building materials.
  3. Step three: Ventilate any affected areas by simply opening windows.
  4. Step four: Begin the drying process, using drying equipment, high-efficiency dehumidifiers and fans.
  5. Step five: Fix the source of the water intrusion (roof leak, excessive condensation, poor drainage, clogged gutters, etc.).

However, if mold does appear, your best bet is to call a professional mold remediation company, like Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems.

We are a certified and insured mold remediation company serving Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Our experience is backed by years of excellent service, cost-effective solutions, honest assessments and guaranteed results. Best of all, we provide Free Mold Assessments!

Daily Mold Prevention Tips

  1. Indoor Humidity: You generally want to keep indoor humidity low, ideally between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity.
  2. Vent Appliances: When possible, vent moisture producing appliances, like clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters, outside. This will help remove some humidity from your home.
  3. Dehumidifiers: When needed, a dehumidifier can help.
  4. Insulate: It is important to insulate pipes and ductwork. This will help prevent condensation.

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.

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Tips for Finding a Baltimore Mold Remediator

Not only is mold damaging to your home or commercial building, but mold has also been linked to several health issues. These issues range in severity from allergies and skin infections to asthma exasperation, headaches, vomiting, pneumonia, and much more. Luckily, most mold contaminations are correctable. All you have to do is find the right mold remediator!

Tips for Finding a Baltimore Mold Remediator

  1. Certified and Insured: Make sure your mold remediator is certified and insured.
  2. Avoid Subcontractors: You want to hire a mold redmeiator that will handle the work themselves, not one that will hire subcontractors.
  3. Ask for References: Do not be afraid to ask for references or testimonials. Nothing speaks more to a company’s professionalism and service than previous clients.
  4. Mold Inspections: Ideally, you want to find a mold remediator that will inspect your home before getting to work. A thorough inspection involves a visual investigation of the attic, crawlspace, roof, HVAC system and any stain discolorations or signs of moisture intrusion.
  5. Guarantees: The last thing you need is for that pesky mold to return. Be sure you hire a mold remediator that stands by their work!
  6. Choose Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems: We are a certified and insured mold remediation company serving Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Our experience is backed by years of excellent service, cost-effective solutions, honest assessments and guaranteed results. Best of all, we provide Free Mold Assessments!

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.

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Baltimore Mold Inspection: What is causing that Musty Smell?

What is causing that musty smell? Is it mold? How can you tell if you can’t see the source of the smell? Just because you cannot see the mold in your home or office does not mean that it is not there.

The Solution: A Professional Mold Inspection!

As a homeowner or business owner, mold is the last thing you want to have to deal with. Not only is mold an eyesore, but it can also damage your home. Plus, mold has been linked to numerous health issues, including persistent coughing, wheezing, difficulties breathing, sore throat, and so much more!

A mold inspection will allow you to take appropriate action to alleviate your specific mold situation. Certified mold inspectors not only have the knowledge to locate mold, but they also have the specialized equipment to do so efficiently and effectively.

Baltimore Mold Inspections from Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems

If you feel you may have mold, the only way to know for sure is with a thorough inspection by Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC. This will involve a visual investigation of the attic, crawlspace, roof, HVAC system and any stain discolorations or signs of moisture intrusion. If the mold source is not visible, air sampling will be used to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in your home or business.

Tape and/or swab samples are collected from visibly affected surfaces to determine the specific mold types.

If mold is found, Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can handle Mold Removal and Mold Remediation, as well.

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.

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Hurricane Sandy, Mold, & You :: Mold Inspection & Remediation in Baltimore

Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast with a fury, devastating homes from Maryland to New York and everywhere in between. And if you were one of these unfortunate homeowners, it is important to begin the cleanup process as soon as possible, especially if the damage to your home includes flooding.

If not treated quickly or correctly, water damage can and probably will lead to mold growth. In fact, mold growth can begin after just 24 hours of building material wetness.

Cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy

  1. Remove Water: Remove excess water from your home as soon as possible.
  2. Clean Carpets and Clothing: If carpets, clothing, curtains, or any other fabric related belonging is affected by flooding, be sure to thoroughly clean these items in hot water.
  3. Throw Away Damaged Building Materials: If ceiling tiles or dry wall becomes soaked, it may be better to tear these building materials down and rebuild. Otherwise, these materials may be susceptible to mold growth.
  4. Dry: Open windows and use fans to dry everything as thoroughly as possible.
  5. Mold Inspection: Even after all of this work, if you still expect mold has begun to grow, call your local mold inspection, removal, and remediation company.

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems: Professional Mold Inspections in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding Areas

Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC conducts professional mold inspections to help determine if your home has become overrun with mold. Our mold inspection process includes:

  1. Visual Mold Inspection: We start with a visual investigation of the attic, crawlspace, roof, HVAC system, and any stain discolorations or signs of moisture intrusion.
  2. Analysis: Measurements are taken to determine moisture levels throughout the property.
  3. Mold Sampling: When necessary, mold sampling can be conducted for an additional fee. Tape and/or swab samples are collected from visibly affected surfaces to determine the specific mold types.
  4. Air Sampling: This may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected, but not visible.

If mold is found, Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems can handle Mold Removal and Mold Remediation, as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems by calling 866-420-MOLD (6653) or visit MoldHelpOnline.com today!

“It’s not often I feel inclined to write a testimonial for a contractor, but after experiencing Chesapeake in action, I realized that I really wanted to write one of my own. As a new property owner, I was devastated to find out that my “Dream Home” was infected with mold. It wasn’t long before the wonderful folks at Chesapeake were on the job. Now I can rest easy, knowing that my family is in a safe and healthy property. It’s been my experience that you can almost always find a cheaper price, but then you have to live with the results. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” – Ashley F., Westminster, MD

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