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Mold Might Live in Your Car

If You Practically Live in Your Car, Mold Might, Too

It may not be the first location you think of when the topic of mold comes up, but in this hustle-bustle, quick-and-easy, on-the-go lifestyle that most of us have bought into, these six words could be the truth of an entire commuting and overworked generation: “I practically live in my car.”
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How to Remove and Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Vehicle

How to Remove and Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Vehicle’s Carpet, Seats, and Door Panels

Whether you keep a tidy vehicle or not, mold is a persistent threat. Owners must be vigilant in the upkeep of their vehicles, in order to avoid what could become a costly issue, both financially and health-wise. The key is prevention—a routine defense strategy—but if mold is already present, salvageable remediation may still be possible.
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4 Mold-Inviting Mistakes You’re Making With Your Laundry

Laundry and Mold

It is common knowledge that mold grows most frequently in rooms that serve as a basis for water use. The laundry room and dirty clothes hampers, in fact, are the ideal locations for mold to grow, as they generally provide mold spores daily access to a bountiful supply of decaying organic material (dirt, dust, sweat, food, urine, hair, body oils, etc.) to feed on and, in many cases, moisture.
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3 Symptoms of Mold in the Home

Signs of an Unhealthy Home

When it comes to mold, the most commonly discussed topics are moisture and the effects of mold on the health of the home’s residents. While moisture and health concerns are vital symptoms of mold that can’t be ignored, it is still important that the homeowner or renter be prepared to recognize the presence of mold long before excessive moisture and bad health set off alarms.
Think of your home like you would your own body. When you’re ill, your body displays symptoms that give clues as to what the root sickness is. Doctors can’t diagnose your illness, disease, syndrome, or disorder until they have considered all the symptoms and ruled out false causes. The same detective work should be done in relation to your home.
There are three symptoms—aside from moisture and health issues—that reveal the presence of mold in the home.
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Proper Maintenance for the Forced-Air Central Cooling System in the Fight Against Mold

Protect Your Home

In an article, titled HVAC Systems, Mold, and Homeowner Responsibilities, a brief overview of the function of the HVAC system as a whole and in collaboration with the homeowner’s preventative measures against mold were discussed. While many of the same concepts will be covered here, the purpose of this article is to equip the homeowner with knowledge concerning the maintenance of the forced-air central cooling system so as to shield the home even further from mold infestation.
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HVAC Systems, Mold, and Homeowner Responsibilities

A Lifeforce of the Home

Within the walls, flooring, and ceilings of your domain, the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) system is busily catering to your specific comfort needs. Much like the circulatory or cardiovascular system of our bodies, the HVAC system regulates and monitors the ebb and flow of a home’s life sources: air and temperature.

A complete HVAC system is usually comprised of a “split system,” which consists of two separate devices: the “central cooling system” and the “central heating system.” In many cases, a home is equipped with only a central heating system, which could be due to the financial limitations of the original home owner, or because the climate in that specific area is generally cooler all year-round. In the case of a split system, however, both the cooling and the heating systems are “matched,” or paired. This means that they share the same ductwork and ventilation throughout the house and—depending on the type and configuration—both systems can actually work in sync with one another by combining specific processes, despite their seemingly contradictory functions.
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4 Ways Mold Can Ruin Your Life

A Destroying Fungus

Mold is more common than we’d like to realize, and while it may not impact us on a daily basis, it’s possible that this pesky fungus will eventually come and kick us in the butt. Even if you don’t think about it often, there are many ways that mold can have a negative impact on your life. However, when you’re more aware of the potential dangers it possesses, you have a better chance of getting ahead of it. Check out the following four ways that mold can ruin your life.
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How to Maintain Healthy Moisture Levels in Your Home

Mold Prevention

The best strategy against mold infestation is mold prevention. While there are various steps to correct a mold issue in your home, there is one vital step that must be taken whether the inhabitant (that’s you!) is attempting to prevent or fix a mold concern. That single, most important step of all is maintaining home-healthy moisture levels. In other words, reducing humidity–mold’s best friend.
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Antique Furniture and Mold

There is nothing that can make you home look more luxurious than an antique wooden furniture. Unfortunately, as always with wood, there is one burning issue that you will simply have to resolve. The issue of mold. Because of this, one could rightfully claim that mold is the bane of the antique and if you are to proceed with your plans you need to be ready to face this problem head on. With this in mind, here are some tips on how to help your antique furniture stay mold free.
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Foods to Eat When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body

Mold’s friends and foes

If you’ve just finished reading Foods to Avoid When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body, then you’re probably a little freaked out.  It is a rather extensive list on the foods or drinks you need to be avoiding while experiencing a mold or yeast infection.  Just what can you eat if everything at the store or in your cupboard is fungi’s favorite snack?  Well, the truth is, you’re going to have to get creative. Although, some recognizable and favorite meals will still be safe, there are other options that may not excite your taste buds at first. Whatever the food or ingredient is, give it a chance so that you can starve the fungus right out of your body.
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How to Remove Mold and the Smell from Clothing

Do Items in Your Home Have a Musty Odor or Mildew Stains?

Mold thrives in places of high humidity and warmth. The more damp and warm an area is, the better. This includes walls, floors, personal items, and yes – clothes. So what can be done about it?

The first thing to note is timing. The faster you can find a mold contaminated item, the better. Mold becomes increasingly hard to remove and deal with as it grows and thrives.

Mold can be found in some of the oddest places because it has the ability to thrive almost anywhere as long as it has the following three things: (more…)

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Mold on Skin: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Mold Grows on Skin?

Why not? Skin is made of biodegradable material just like couches, carpet, or sheet rock – so why would skin be immune to mold growth? However, mold growth on skin is considerably more dangerous than dealing with mold contamination on last night’s dinner or on your shower tiles.

Causes of Mold on Skin

There are a variety of things which can cause mold to grow on your skin. Treatment varies accordingly. Here are the 3 main causes for mold growth on the skin: (more…)

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Mold Warning Signs: How to Tell if You Have a Mold Problem

Find mold before it becomes a major problem

Discovering that you have mold within your home can cause you to feel many things. You might initially feel disgust, frustration or even a sense of being overwhelmed. Placing the home up for sale might be the first thing that pops into your mind, but that should be a last resort. Many people actually live in a home with mold and never realize it is there. They ignore the warning signs until the problem reaches a point where the mold is taking over and affecting their health.

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Mold Removal Cost – What You Can Expect To Pay

The health and safety of your family is much more important than the price you’ll have to pay to remove the mold, but this guide will help you if you need to get a bid.

If the area is a small one, you can remove the mold yourself with just a few dollars worth of cleaning supplies. If you’re concerned about breathing the spores, you can get a respirator, which will cost from around $25 for a simple over the mouth and nose version, to around $150 for a full face professional level unit. If you’re unsure if you need a respirator there are 7 ways to know if a mold is dangerous. For large infestations, it’s time to call in the pro’s.

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Support Your Health with Dandelion Root

An Inexpensive Remedy

If you have suffered from toxic mold exposure, you probably understand how important it is to support your body in order to aid in recovering from a injurious overload of mold. Many molds can be harmful, and if you have daily encountered mold over a period of time, it is very important to first remove yourself from the contamination, and second, give your body the assistance it needs to repair. Often natural remedies are expensive and hard to find, but some, such as dandelion root, can be found free in your yard (make sure it hasn’t been exposed to chemicals or weed-killers), or easily ordered from your home!
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5 Ways to Remove Mold on Furniture

An Uncomfortable Situation

Black mold is absolutely horrible and can do more than simply ruin the way your furniture looks. The stuff can cause serious health problems if you don’t deal with it right away and clean your furniture thoroughly. The most common household product used to get rid of this nasty mold is bleach, but even that could be toxic and do more harm than good.
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5 Ways to Save on Mold Remediation Costs

Mold Remediation Tactics Used to Rack Up High Bills

(Secrets mold remediation companies don’t want you to know.)

A few bad apples can ruin the bunch. As a result, mold remediation companies have a bad reputation. We are known to bill for remedies to problems that don’t exist. With high insurance deductibles and outrageous estimates, it’s no wonder most home owners feel used and abused after an initial mold inspection. There’s hope. We’ve put together a list of billing tactics other restoration companies don’t want you to know to help consumers protect themselves and rebuild trust for honest restoration companies who believe integrity and transparency should be the rule, not the exception.
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How to Get Your Landlord to Address Mold

A Moldy Situation

Discovering mold in your apartment can be an upsetting and frustrating experience. Whether you have a small, localized problem or a full-blown mold infestation, the risks to your health are enough for you to know that the problem needs to be taken care of. But if you don’t own the property, where do you turn for assistance?

Oftentimes, landlords can be less-than-receptive to their tenants’ complaints about mold. Wiping down the surface with bleach, sending in a handyman, or even attempting to take care of the mold yourself can even worsen the problem, leaving you in a more dangerous situation than before.

While knowing your rights as a renter can help (and these vary state by state), sometimes the best thing to do is simply state the facts to your landlord.
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