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It’s been a long time coming, but Mold Blogger is now mobile friendly! We’ve also made it easier than ever to leave comments, ask questions, and share your stories. Please let us know what you think of the new format in the comments!

We’re also launching a new directory service to help you find mold remediators, attorneys, and doctors in your local area. Please help spread the word. For details on how to get listed please contact Brian.

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How to Test Your Home for Mold Problems

Does your home have mold?

The answer is probably. Should you worry about it? It depends. There are several thousand strains of mold in existence, and each of us encounter many of them in our daily lives.

Most experts believe that except for those with asthma or other respiratory problems, these daily mold encounters are harmless. The problem arises with a particular mold called Stachybotrys.

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Black Mold: The Definitive Guide

Black Mold Is Scary!

Hearing about mold can be scary, especially if it’s in your home or business and it’s making you and other people sick. It can poison your family, your co-workers, your friends, and even your pets. Most people think green when they think of mold, but black mold, or Stachybotrys, is actually a very common problem in damp or water-damaged areas (Stop mold after water damage) and it can be very dangerous. (7 ways to know if a mold is dangerous).

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

The spores of black mold float in the air, and they’re too small to see. If you breathe them in and they start to make you sick, you should never assume that they will go away on their own. The mold will spread, and the problem will only become worse. Knowing what black mold is and what kinds of problems the spores will cause in the human body are both very important, so that the symptoms can be recognized and addressed in a home or a business.

Understanding The Symptoms

Symptoms of black mold include watering and irritated eyes, sneezing, runny nose, chronic fatigue, chronic coughing, and headaches. It can also produce nausea and vomiting, and extreme cases of exposure can cause bleeding in the nose and lungs. Most people are treated for the problem before it becomes too serious, but some people are more sensitive to black mold than others.

“I’ve got the symptoms! What do I do now?”

If you or your loved ones or coworkers are experiencing any of these symptoms on a consistent basis, you may be exposed to black mold without realizing it. If that’s the case, you should find the problem and have it taken care of quickly, before symptoms become any worse. A professional mold remediator (learn how to choose the right one) should be the one to treat the mold, and people with symptoms should be seen by their doctor, just to rule out any serious concerns.

Get It Cleaned While You’re Gone

Once a person with symptoms gets away from the black mold spores, the symptoms should clear up in a short amount of time. While that person is away, a professional mold remediation company can come in and address the black mold problem. The mold is often seen from water damage, but it can also appear anywhere that stays wet a lot, such as in a kitchen or bathroom, or somewhere that has a leaky pipe.

Under a sink is a common place for black mold (learn about where mold grows), or along the baseboard where a washing machine sits. It can also be found in the corners of bathrooms where the dampness from the shower lingers too long. Businesses can get black mold in the bathrooms (showers and toilets especially), around the water cooler, or in the employee kitchen.

Beware of Water Damage

If water damage has occurred on the property – if it’s been flooded, for example – black mold could be anywhere. A professional mold remediator may have to remove the drywall, treat the wooden beams in the walls, and replace the drywall with new materials in order to ensure that the mold problem is stopped. While that can be expensive, it is well worth the trouble to have it done, especially when the health and safety of a family or a business may be at stake.

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Toxic Mold Litigation – Do I Have A Case?

What Do I Need To Win?

Toxic mold litigation is a growing field in law. However, only certain attorneys are qualified to handle these types of cases. Dealing with a toxic mold case absorbs resources and time. Be prepared as litigation can last for over 2 years and injuries can be difficult to prove. If you have been exposed to toxic mold you need to know your rights, and how to build your case. An attorney who specializes in mold cases will be able to tell you what your local laws are.

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7 Easy Steps for A Mold Free Bedroom

Molds Can Grow On Any Organic Material

Mold can be a serious issue. Because they are a naturally occurring substance, all it takes is a little bit of moisture and they can grow on any organic material. Moisture comes from anything that is wet and humid, which can be found in most homes. Molds can cause serious health issues for family members, especially for those who have respiratory problems, and it puts them in a higher risk if there are molds growing in number inside your home. This needs to be taken care of quickly. Here are seven easy steps for making sure that your bedroom stays mold free.

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How Borax Kills Mold

Borax – Molds alkali arch enemy!

You hear a lot about how to kill mold, or how to remove mold.  There are debates about whether you should use bleach or some natural alternative such as vinegar or grape seed extract.  One thing that really helps to know, however, is how something kills or removes mold.   In this blog post, we’ll cover the seemingly magical powers of borax.
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7 Tips for Preventing Mold In Your Home

Exposure to mold is more common than you think!

Your home may be infected with mold, but you don’t realize it. Exposure to mold is common both inside and outside the home. Some people are more sensitive than others, especially those with allergies and asthma. Because mold spores are very small and can easily be inhaled into the lungs, it is harmful to live in a home with high mold levels. Exposure to high spore levels can cause severe mold allergies.
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The Effects of Mold on Building Material

Mold is a consistent problem when dealing with buildings exposed to a moisture problem. Not all materials in buildings are affected in the same way. Each type of material has a different composite that can react differently to the moisture levels. Certain materials are more likely to be affected by mold growth than others. One of the most common building materials in a structure is concrete.
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What Causes Mold to Grow in Homes?

Mold is a naturally occurring substance that has been in existence for many, many years. It needs very little in the way of subsistence to survive, because it feeds off the basics of cellulose material which is wood based products. In our modern day times people generally construct their buildings out of drywall and other wood based products which can result in a number of problems in which mold may arise in the home itself. How can a mold be created in a home?

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Renter Rights and Mold

Mold and the health hazards associated with it have been a hot topic for discussion recently. There are news articles about homes, buildings, and even schools being shut down due to toxic mold infestation. With so much attention being brought to the matter, we field questions every day from concerned renters. In this article I am going to address four common topics that arise regularly.
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Spring Clean: Tips to Reduce Mold & Improve Indoor Air Quality

The calendar is telling us that spring has sprung, even though the weather may not have fully followed suit just yet! Even without the cooperation of the weather, the spring is the best time for us to look at getting our homes in order and cleaning up the dust and cobwebs from a winters worth of shutting ourselves in from the cold, and hibernating in our cozy castles!

Although getting rid of the dust in all the crevices within our homes is a fantastic start…it’s not just the dust that we need to pay attention to. More and more research is telling us that our indoor air quality can be far worse than what we find outdoors, and our health, comfort and well-being are suffering. Considering we are spending more time inside than we ever have historically, the hidden pollutants that impact our air quality, such as mold & fungal particulates, VOC’s, and formaldehyde (just to name a few) are just as important to address during your spring cleaning as the dust! So here are some tips to help you reduce mold and improve your indoor air quality this spring:
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Mold Stories – Jeremy Shelton

My name is Jeremy Shelton, and I provide all of the mold testing and mold inspection services performed by SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection.  I founded SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection in 2009 after discovering a severe mold problem in the crawlspace of the house I had just purchased. The mold growth in the crawlspace of the residence was polluting the air in the living area of the home, and I developed health problems as a result of the indoor type mold spores I was breathing.

Shortly after moving into the home I developed severe sinus congestion and suffered from sporadic headaches as a direct result of the toxic mold spores that I was breathing every day. Initially I was unable to discern the root of my health problems. My sinuses were dry and clogged, I felt fatigued all the time, and the headaches became more frequent. Initially, I attributed my sinus congestion to airborne allergens like pollen and my other health problems to stress. Over the course of about a year my symptoms slowly worsened and my quality of life began to suffer as a result.

Still unaware of the mold infestation in my crawl space, the headaches and fatigue were finally impacting my life to the point where I decided to consult with my physician. After multiple visits and tests, I still didn’t have an explanation. Eventually I discovered what seemed like a never ending nightmare in my crawlspace. Rain water was consistently entering the crawlspace of the home, providing the perfect environment for mold to thrive. The resulting infestation covered most of the wood components underneath the den. The structure was covered in a layer of mold that I can best describe as a thick white powder. The support beams, supporting the structure of the home, were damaged beyond repair and had to be replaced.

After having spore trap air samples collected in the crawlspace and upper level of the home, it was discovered that there were elevated levels of Aspergillus / Penicillium and Stachybotrys mold spores in the air in both the crawlspace and living area of my residence. After this discovery I decided to move from the residence, and my sinus congestion, headaches, and fatigue cleared up quickly. I then began doing as much research as I could on the subject of mold growth in homes, which eventually led to my first certification course as a Certified Mold Inspector and Assessor and my company SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection was born shortly after.

Jeremy Shelton, CMC
Certified Microbial Consultant
SafeAir Certified Mold Inspection

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