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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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The Easiest Ways to Detect and Prevent Carpet Mold

Hidden Mold

Mold is a serious problem. It is known to cause respiratory problems and other health issues. Detecting and removing mold is difficult because it tends to show up anywhere that water does. Carpet mold is very serious. It often develops beneath the carpet fibers. This makes it hard to detect. A leak in one part of a house can trickle into another. This leads to nearly invisible carpet mold.

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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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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

A Concerning Issue

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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I Have Mold in my Rental!

A Common Problem

The most common issue we encounter here on MoldBlogger is the situation of mold within a rental unit. The question that comes in the most is usually: How do I get my landlord to remove the mold? This is tough because, from a landlord’s perspective, it is often not seen as a financially productive move on their part, should they remove the mold and ensure it doesn’t reappear. Meaning: it can be quite costly for them and in opposition to their immediate needs and goals. For many landlords, there simply isn’t monetary cushion available for them to cover the costs of a severe mold infestation. Personally, I have even seen lease contracts that essentially say, “This climate is moist and mold is something we just have to live with.” Let’s be clear about one thing. Mold is NOT something you or anyone else should ever have to live with.
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Preventing Mold from Occurring in Your Home

When looking to prevent mold in your home it is important to protect your home from a number of problems that might cause mold to arise. This scourges that can bring on mold include humidity levels, leaky roofs, improperly installed sump pumps, and water damage problems. These are common problems in many home across the nation including homes in the state of Maryland. With Maryland being at a low sea level mold is a consistent problem. The first part that needs to be understood is stopping the mold from occurring from in the home is controlling the humidity level.
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Keeping Your Carpets Mold-Free

Getting your house cleaned is something that probably no one enjoys, especially if you have a big home. Cleaning can go on for hours and even days – and with today’s lack of free time, spending energy on cleaning sounds more than exhausting. However, you have to endure it and go on with it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help yourself as much as possible. There are some tips and tricks that can save you time and energy, and here are some are handy when it comes time for cleaning the carpet and, specifically, mold that appears on it.
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Most Common Water Heater Issues and How to Solve Them

If you ever had a misfortune of having issues with your water heater, you probably wished you were more experienced or at least more informed on the matter, especially when finding the easiest and the most hassle free solution is concerned. On the other hand, you are certainly blessed if you never had any water heater issues at all. No matter which group you belong to, being familiar with potential problems would surely prove helpful in the future. This is why you should perhaps take a look at the most common water heater issues and the most practical solutions for them.
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