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How to Get Rid of Mold in Your AC Unit

Mold in the AC Unit

Mold can show up almost anywhere in the home, including your AC unit. Once it invades your ductwork, mold spores are more easily spread throughout the entire house, which could make people sick if left to grow and proliferate.

There are quite a few things that can cause mold to develop in a home. A leaking roof, broken or leaking pipes, high humidity and poorly ventilated bathrooms are just a few examples of conditions that can cause mold.

With air conditioners, condensation is a byproduct of daily operation. Air conditioners are built with proper condensation drainage. When the drainage system is overloaded or not functioning properly, your air conditioning unit itself could be the cause of mold developing in your system and the ducts.
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Dangerous Signs of Mold Allergies in Children

Dangerous Signs of Mold Allergies in Children and What You Need to Do About It

Mold allergy is a common problem that affects millions of people across the globe, particularly children. However, adults are also susceptible to mold allergy. Mold is simply a fungus that grows rapidly in thousands and requires water and warmth to grow and multiply. Research studies have shown that at least one in every three children is allergic to mold. Some of the signs and symptoms of identifying mold allergy in children include:
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How to Handle Moisture in Your Conservatory

An Unhealthy Environment

Damp is not only something that can cause issues with the walls, windowsills, door frames and damp – it can also be very bad for your health. The National Health Service have noted that babies, children and elderly people are the ones who are most at risk from damp. However, living in a polluted environment can cause serious health problems for anybody, it is therefore very important that you try to get rid of damp as early as possible.
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How to Identify and Deal with Bathroom Mould

A Moisture Trap

If you’ve never seen mould in your bathroom, you’re either a truly fastidious cleaner or you’re simply not looking hard enough. It’s one of the most common cleaning problems in the house. This is because the bathroom often provides the ideal conditions for mould to grow – much of the time there is warm, humid air and lots of moisture in a small space with little ventilation, and this is the best way for mould to grow.
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5 Ways To Protect Your Home During The Rain Season

Rain Season and Mold

While winter may not see constant rain day in, day out, it’s nevertheless a challenging time of year for hill-bound households. Without the proper precautions and planning, your home may be susceptible to various rain-related problems – including mold.

Not only is it unsightly, mold’s effects run deeper than the aesthetic: mold has been known to cause irritated throats, congestion, coughing, eye discomfort, and skin issues. In some rare cases, it can even lead to infections in people suffering from serious problems with their immune system.

You want to protect yourself and your family from any frustrating smells or health concerns as much as you possibly can – and we’re going to help you!
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5 Steps to Avoid Bathroom Condensation

Stop the Condensation

Condensation is an issue for every bathroom – it’s a humid environment where moisture is released into the air in an indoor environment by something as simple as taking a shower or a hot bath. Condensation forms when the hot steam meets cold air and surfaces, forming droplets on windows, mirrors and every hard surface. The hotter the water vapour, the more moisture the air can hold and the more condensation will be deposited on cold surfaces.
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Is Moisture Damaging your Health?

Does Your Home Have Excessive Moisture?

If you’ve ever lived in an old house, chances are you’ve had some sort of encounter with damp. But, even poorly designed new buildings or internal water leaks can leave you facing a damp problem. Poorly ventilated bathrooms are often a haven for excess moisture in the home, and this can lead to a damp problem and mould growth. The tell-tale sign of a damp problem is often a musty, stale smell. On further inspection, a patch of affected wall or ceiling is usually found to have black mould (Stachybotrys chartarum) growing on it; a result of condensation. Mould is a fungus, and it’s the mould spores released into the air that are known to cause damp related illnesses.
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How to Stop Dry Rot Before it Destroys Your Home

A Destroying Fungus

Wood is a very hard-wearing material and is resistant to most kinds of fungi or biological attack. However, when it’s subject to prolonged damp or wet conditions and the moisture content is raised to above 20%, it can be susceptible to the dry rot fungus. This wood-rotting fungus breaks down the cells in wood and causes it to lose its strength.

Today most homes and buildings are well designed and professionally constructed and if they’re also maintained properly the fungus that is dry rot should not develop in any of the timbers. However, the hidden wooden timbers in a home or building can be subject to prolonged exposure to moisture that we don’t know about and it’s here that serious problems can result.
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A Brief Guide to Damp Surveys

What is damp?

Damp occurs when moisture or water builds up within the structure of a building – often in the floor, walls or the ceiling. It can occur for a huge number of reasons, often related to poor building quality and it has become a serious problem in the UK, reducing the quality of living conditions in many households across the country.
Aside from causing physical damage to the upholstery and aesthetics of a property, damp can also cause structural problems as well as having health implications for those who live with severe cases. That’s why it can be so important to have a damp survey completed on your property if you’re worried about damp.
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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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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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