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Mold Removal to Protect your Dogs

Dogs and Mold Removal

 

As a parent, you do everything within your power to protect your children from harm. You make sure your home is a safe place for your children to grow up and be happy. For some parents, their children include their dogs, which means keeping your home safe for your canine as well. That means keeping “human” food off the floor, taking them for plenty of walks, and taking them to the vet annually. Parents of both children and dogs alike will try to think of everything and anything to keep their loved ones safe, but have they ever considered the harmful effect mold may have on their dogs?

 

While it is a known fact that some mold spores can cause allergies in humans, and can even be harmful to humans, many people don’t realize the damage mold spores can have on pets. Some molds, like with humans, aren’t harmful to dogs after exposure. But others can become quite toxic for pets and should be removed immediately. Like with humans, dogs should be kept away from black mold. While black mold is rare in well kept homes, exposure can cause problems with a dog’s lungs and sinuses. Another harmful mold, pythiosis, can be extremely harmful to dogs after exposure.

 

Pythiosis is known as the water mold and is a parasitic spore that enters a dog through the skin, throat, or nose. Once the spores have been inhaled or swallowed, it can infect the dog’s sinuses, skin, gastrointestinal system, brain, and lungs. Common symptoms of a dog that has been in contact with pythiosis include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Pain

 

If you believe your dog has been exposed to any harmful mold, seek a veterinarians care immediately. The best way to protect your dog from harmful mold is to call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems as soon as mold is suspected or spotted. At Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, we specialize in the removal, remediation, analysis, and inspection of mold in Maryland homes.

 

If you want to keep your dogs and family safe from mold, call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today at 443-687-7300, or visit our online contact page to fill out our form.

 

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Source:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_multi_pythiosis?page=2

Mold Shouldn’t Destroy your Real Estate Transaction

 

Real Estate mold removalAfter months and months of searching, you think you have finally found the one. You stand in front of what you hope is your new home. Finding a home that suits your needs can be difficult, especially in the tight real estate economy, so when you find the one you love, you don’t want it to slip through your fingers. You walk up the front steps and begin to imagine the memories you will build with your family in this house. You begin to tour the house and continue to fall in love. With each room you walk through, you grow more attached to the home; you even start to picture how the rooms will look after you hang decorations. Then you reach the basement and you feel a pit begin to form in your stomach. The basement smells musty and you turn to see signs of mold forming in one of the corners of the basement. You rush back upstairs and begin to panic. Your dream home is tainted; how are you supposed to buy a home that has mold in it? You tell your real estate agent no and turn your back from your dream home.

 

This scenario can be easily avoided when dealing with real estate. If you find that your dream home has mold inside, don’t be quick to change your mind. Call the professionals at Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems. We have become a leading name in the mold removal industry throughout the state of Maryland. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems has partnered with several reputable real estate agencies throughout the state to handle mold removal and remediation when buying and selling homes. Some real estate agencies that we partner with include:

 

  • Long and Foster
  • Prudential
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Remax

 

Along with mold removal and remediation, we also offer mold analysis services that allows us to determine if the mold found is dangerous or not. Most often, mold found within homes doesn’t pose a serious threat to human health. Don’t let mold scare you away from your dream home.

 

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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.

Mold inspections in Baltimore

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Source:

Center for Disease Control

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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Source:

Red Beacon

Mold and Your Laundry Room

It comes as no surprise that the laundry room is a prime spot for mold growth. Laundry rooms provide the two things that mold needs to thrive: humidity and heat. But just because mold would find the laundry room’s environment welcoming does not mean that you welcome it in your home; aside from that musty smell that comes with it, some varieties of mold are toxic and can put the health of you and your family at risk. Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, however, is here to help you learn how to cut down on mold growth and to provide top quality mold removal and mold remediation services to you.

The first thing you can tackle to cut down on mold growth is the humidity level in your laundry room. Damp environments are ideal for mold, and so whatever you can do to dry your laundry room’s air out, you should. If you are on a ground level and can open a window while doing your laundry, that extra ventilation will help decrease humidity. For basement laundry rooms or rooms without windows, consider using a dehumidifier or a fan to keep the air dry. Good ventilation will also help keep heat levels lower, another good method of stopping mold.

Another good way to stop mold growth in your laundry room is to immediately dry your clothes after washing; do not let them sit in the washing machine or on top of it while still damp. Wet or damp clothes can develop and spread mildew if they are not dried.

Keep the interior of your washer and dryer clean and be on the lookout for any suspicious stains or signs of mold growth in your laundry room. If mold has begun to grow somewhere in your laundry room, the safest thing to do is to call a professional mold removal and mold remediation service to deal with the problem. If you try to remove mold on your own, you may put yourself at an unnecessary health risk, and you may not even be able to effectively remove all of the mold. Call Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems today for more information on mold prevention, mold removal, and mold remediation.

Laundry Room Mold Removal

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Source:

http://laundry.about.com/od/cleaningthelaundryroom/a/moldprevention.htm

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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Source:

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

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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Source:
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/

 

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