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Common Mold Trouble Spots in the Home

How Common Is Mold?

When we think of allergies, most of us immediately associate that with animals. If someone is allergic to a dog or cat, he or she likely won’t be a pet owner.

However, there is another culprit within the home that causes people with allergies to suffer on a daily basis if they are exposed to it.

Household mold is more common than most people think and it is the source of a great deal of discomfort for allergy sufferers.

Household mold is found in even the cleanest of dwellings and how often the home is scrubbed may have little to do with it.

There are several places within the home where household mold can take residence. It is these areas that a person with allergies will want to be aware of:

    • The basement or cellar:

Many homes have rooms that were built below ground level. These rooms are prime areas in which household mold can grow. The reason is that they are generally damp and colder than other areas of the home.

If you have a basement or cellar in your home inspect it on a regular basis for the growth of mold.

    • The bathroom:

It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that household mold finds a haven in the bathroom. The constant damp atmosphere is what mold needs to thrive. This is especially true in the bathtub and shower stall.

If these areas are not routinely disinfected, mold can easily grow in them.

    • The refrigerator:

Most people don’t associate their refrigerator with mold. Although you may leave a container of leftovers for too long and mold will grow, that’s not the type of mold that causes allergies.

Household mold can grow within the refrigerator if it’s not wiped down with a disinfectant occasionally.

    • Air conditioners:

Air conditioners need moisture to operate. In an effort to collect the excess moisture, most air conditioners come equipped with a drip tray. That drip tray is a perfect location for mold to develop.

If your air conditioner is removed and re-installed each year, the drip tray should be cleaned when it is removed. If it a permanent model, a schedule should be in place for the drip tray to be cleaned.

Are You Sensitive to Mold & Other Allergies?

Having allergies is an unpleasant experience for anyone, regardless of age. If you have allergies, you need to be proactive in ensuring that your home is free of all irritants. This includes household mold.

If you are sensitive to mold, you need to routinely clean all areas where mold can grow. This includes purchasing cleaning solutions that will kill any mold spores.

It’s also wise for someone with allergies to wear a surgical mask when cleaning areas where there are mold spores. If the problem has progressed to the point where the mold is visible, it’s important that someone else do the cleaning.

A person with allergies should never be exposed to a considerable amount of household mold because of the possible severe reactions that may occur.

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Government Mold Information Resources

How can the Government Help with Mold Contamination?

When it comes to dealing with the problem of household mold, you may want to consider how the government can help you. The government offers several different resources to individuals who want to learn more about mold and how to prevent and treat it. Some of those resources include:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This website by the EPA offers individuals a host of information regarding household mold. It includes sections on health, cleaning, and mold removal in schools. This is a great starting point for the individual who is interested in learning more about mold and what they can do about it.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency

This website by FEMA offers important information that helps individuals understand the risks associated with mold and also health conditions that can result from mold exposure.

FEMA has extensive experience in dealing with natural disasters and the aftermath, which includes hurricanes.

There is a very high risk of mold developing after a hurricane and FEMA has several news releases on their website that detail steps that can be taken by anyone facing this.

The Center for Disease Control

The CDC has an entire section on their website devoted to mold and how it affects individuals. There are articles dealing with how mold develops as well as methods used to remove mold.

The CDC strongly stresses on their website the importance of careful handling when it comes to mold removal.

The information on their website is available in either English or Spanish.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

NIAID has a website that addresses many of the issues that those with allergies face.

Use These Mold Resources

Mold can be a strong irritant to those who suffer with allergies and this website provides information on dealing with that as well as asthma. This is a wonderful resource for parents, as well as those who have children who are prone to allergy attacks.

Discovering that you have mold in your home can be devastating. It is important to have free and accessible resources available to you so that you can begin to understand the issue and how to effectively deal with it.

All of the websites listed above have contact information supplied and you can find that once you visit them.

Some also have a list of frequently asked questions which can give you some insight into how mold develops and the steps needed to remove it. By visiting these websites, you will be arming yourself with the much-needed knowledge you need to conquer the mold problem that you have. Knowledge is always the first step in defense so peruse the sites and absorb all the information you can.

It is also wise to read the information even if you don’t have a mold problem because you may discover something that will help you prevent it so it never happens to you and your family.

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Mold Destroys Home Values

Does Mold Lesson the Value of a Home?

The jury is still out on whether black mold adversely affects everyone or only those who already have health problems, but one thing is for sure: mold in a home dramatically lessons the value of the home.

If not taken care of, mold will cause serious damage to a home’s structure.

Recent tax liability and insurance issues arising from the presence of black mold in homes has caused people in the real estate industry to heighten their awareness of mold and its role in the selling process.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it makes sense to know a little more about mold and take steps to find out if the home you’re buying or selling has mold problems.

Although there are thousands of different mold varieties, most of them are common and thought to be harmless. In fact, in daily life most people encounter several varieties of mold in many different settings.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that reproduces in moist places when its spores land on a mold-friendly, damp surface.

The mold to be aware of is called Stachybotrys, or “black mold.” Black mold, also called toxic mold, produces mycotoxins. These hazardous byproducts are responsible for most of the negative mold reactions in humans.

Although those with respiratory problems such as asthma are particularly sensitive to mold, the mycotoxins released by black mold can affect even those people without a history of respiratory problems.

For babies and seniors, mycotoxins are even more serious as some believe that they can adversely affect lung function and result in a loss of memory.

Are You Planning to Sell Your Home?

If you’re planning to sell your home, have it checked for mold so you can take care of any problems before you have a buyer. All molds should be eliminated from your home.

Whether you choose to take care of the mold problem on your own or hire a professional to do it for you, expect to evacuate your home for at least three days while the mold is being removed.

Both the disrupted mold spores and the cleaning agents will give off dangerous fumes that you’ll want to avoid. Once the mold is successfully removed, correct any problems that might have caused the mold to grow in the first place.

Have Your Home Inspected

Have your repairs inspected by a professional to ensure that everything is taken care of.

If you’re planning to buy a home, insist that the home be checked for mold. Not all home inspectors routinely test for mold, so make a point of asking your inspector to do so or get a referral to a home inspector who performs mold checks.

Your offer to purchase should be dependent on the home passing the mold test, and allow you to refuse to buy the home if a mold problem is uncovered.

No matter which side of the home buying process you are on, it makes sense to check a home for mold before finalizing a sale.

You’ll save yourself a lot of headache – literally and figuratively – by insisting that a home is mold-free.

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Asthma and Mold in Children

Mold Affects Children’s Ability to Play and Have Fun

Mold can be dangerous to children with asthma or bronchial infection. While a mild asthma attack may not cause any permanent damage, having a severe episode is sometimes bad enough to inhibit breathing and physical functioning.

Considering that children usually spend most of their days at school, and are often involved in exercise and sports on the playground or after school, it is important to keep children’s respiratory systems as healthy as possible.

Symptoms of Mild, Moderate & Severe Asthma Attacks

Symptoms during a mild attack can include becoming out of breath during physical activity, feeding, or talking. In some cases, a child may take longer to eat because they need frequent interruptions for more air.

Moderate episodes caused increased breathlessness during talking and feeding, while severe asthma attacks can render a child breathless while simply sitting up or sleeping. This can lead to confusion, blackouts, and breathing cessation.

Prevention

While mold is not necessarily the number one asthma trigger for children, following some prevention methods, and eliminating mold the instant it is suspected, is extremely important in maintaining children’s respiratory health and function.

You could reduce the chances of your child developing asthma by half, which is a great incentive to know how to identify and treat mold in your home.

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Understanding the Dangers of Toxic Mold

What Is Toxic Mold?

Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold that is often known as toxic mold, or black mold. This type of mold is often more dangerous than other white molds, such as food mold.

Highly dangerous toxins are released into the air by Stachybotrys, and breathing anywhere around the infestation of mold can cause serious health risks.

There are also other dangers of living with this toxic mold, including damage to the home that can be costly to its overall value.

What are the Dangers of Toxic Mold?

Since a house doesn’t have to be subject to a natural disaster for Stachybotrys to grow, it is important for all homeowners to know the dangers of this toxic mold, so that if they suspect their house is affected, it can be dealt with immediately. Leaks, high humidity, and poor ventilation are all possible avenues that encourage mold growth.

Preventing mold is the best thing a homeowner can do, and leaving a known patch to grow beyond contamination is only asking for one or more of these dangers to knock on the door of your home.

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What Do I Do If I Have the Symptoms of Mold Exposure?

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Some possible symptoms of mold exposure include: skin rash, eye irritation, headaches, fatigue, sore throat, respiratory problems, and runny nose or a bleeding nose.

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, be sure to read the article Symptoms of Mold Exposure and definitely visit your doctor and explain to him the symptoms you are having.

Mold Removal

The only way to eliminate mold symptoms, however, is to eliminate the mold contamination you have, completely. Mold must be removed and the cause of the mold addressed or it will be a continual problem for your home and health. For more information on how to remove mold from your home these articles – 10 Tips for Removing Mold from Your Home and 3 Tips for Do-It-Yourself Mold Removal may help you deal with the mold in your home.

Other Mold Resources

If you have any further questions, don’t be afraid to ask! Visit our Q&A page or share your mold story.

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How Do I Stop Mold from Spreading?

What About Mold?

Mold is a kind of fungus that grows virtually everywhere. It feeds on plants and fibers and thrives in damp, musty locations such as bathrooms, basements and attics.

Molds multiply by traveling through the air as tiny spores which like to make their home in wet areas, where they will breed. Molds grow on organic materials such as paper, leather, dirt and soap scum.

Mold grows best and multiplies fastest in warm temperatures, between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, although they can also grow in temperatures between 32 and 95 degrees.

If molds are spotted in the house, it is advised to nip it immediately in the bud before it spreads to other areas. Rampant mold growth can also be a good indication of a moisture problem, which should be dealt with as soon as possible.
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Stachybotryotoxicosis

Stachybotryotoxicosis – Black Mold

Symptoms of Stachybotryotoxicosis

In the late 1930s, stachybotryotoxicosis was reported in humans working on farms in Russia. People who were affected are those who handled hay or feed grain infested with S. chartarum.

Some of the individuals who were infected had burned the straw or even slept on straw-filled mattresses that had rampant growth of Stachybotrys chartarum. The infested straw can be described as black in color from growth of the fungus.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms in humans that have stachybotryotoxicosis are rashes – especially in areas subject to perspiration, dermatitis, pain and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, conjunctivitis, a burning sensation of the eyes and nasal passages, tightness of the chest, cough, bloody rhinitis, fever, headache, and fatigue.

The workers who were infected developed symptoms within two to three days of exposure to the fungus. Some members of the Russian teams investigating this disease rubbed the fungus onto their skin to determine its direct toxicity.

The fungus induced local and systemic symptoms similar to those observed in naturally occurring cases.

Mold in the Media

It was seen in recent years that a cascade of reports about toxic molds was constantly seen in the national media. The New York Times Magazine, August 12, 2001 issue, ran a front page story on toxic mold.

Television news shows have run entire programs on Stachybotrys contamination of homes to alert the public and educate them on how dangerous these molds can be. Because of the sudden media coverage of this fungus, it has resulted in multimillions of dollars of litigations.

It also caused a lot of problems for homeowners and building managers who must deal with the human issues related to mold.

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Mycotoxins & The Effects of Black Mold

What are Mycotoxins?

A mycotoxin is a toxin produced by a fungus under special conditions of moisture and temperature. These fungi may colonize or infect many kinds of food from the field where you play to the table where you eat.

Mycotoxicosis is the term used for poisoning caused by ingestion of a mycotoxin.

For the past 15 years in North America, evidence has slowly accumulated implicating this fungus as a serious problem in homes and buildings that must be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Black mold is also tagged by specialists as one of the causes of the “sick building syndrome.”

What do Mycotoxins Cause?

In 1993-1994 in Cleveland Ohio, there was a very unusual outbreak of pulmonary hemorrhage among infants. Researchers then found out that Black mold was growing in the homes of the sick infants.

This incident alone increased the publics awareness of molds in homes and buildings. They also brought this fungus to the immediate attention of the medical community hoping for answers.

How Do I Know if I Have Mycotoxins?

To determine any growth of S. chartarum (Black Mold) in your home would only require visual inspection and/or air and surface sampling. Because black mold is not readily airborne compared to other fungi, air sampling in a contaminated indoor environment may show low levels of spores in the air.

Thorough examinations of potential sites of contamination, especially in covered and protected places, is a must to determine where the fungus occurs and the level of contamination.

If areas contaminated with S. chartarum are discovered, do not attempt to solve the problem without following recommended safety procedures for working with toxic molds, especially if heavily contaminated.

Get advice or professional help if there is a serious problem.

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2 New Uses for Mold

What Makes Mold Bad?

Fungi or molds are not only used as nutritional delicacies, recently in Africa a team of scientists has discovered another use for the badly publicized fungus family.

    • African Foods

Toxic chemicals known as aflatoxins, a type of mycotoxin, are being produced by fungus that is normally found in common African foods.

This “bad” fungus is strongly linked to stunted growth in African children and is also known to cause liver cancer and blood diseases.

The experiment will introduce a benign fungus and have it outgrow, and presumably exclude, the dangerous one. The project is viewed to help reduce aflatoxins in African staple crops and make food safer to eat.

    • Recreational Sports

While in recreational sports, a fungus called Chondrosterum purpureum is now being tested for use in managing rights of way in ski slopes.

Instead of using herbicide or cutting trees down, this fungus does the job a lot cheaper and more effectively.

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Edible Molds

Can Molds Be Edible?

There are hundreds of thousands of edible species of fungi, thousands of which are regularly harvested for mass consumption.

Some species of fungi are very highly priced and sought after for the fact that they cannot be cultivated and are often harvested from there natural settings.

Most Commonly Consumed

Here is a list of a few of the most commonly consumed fungi:

    • Agaricus Bisporus

Agaricus bisporus is most commonly known as the button mushroom.

This species of fungus is the most extensively cultivated mushroom in the world. Button mushrooms take up 38% of the world’s production of cultivated mushrooms.

    • Pleurotus

The pleurotus species is also known as the ‘oyster mushroom.’ This species of mushroom takes the second spot for the most produced mushroom in the world.

It holds a whopping 25% of the total world production of cultivated mushrooms. Pleurotus mushrooms are found world-wide but China is the major producer of this edible fungi.

    • Volvariella Volvacea

Volvariella volvacea is also known as the ‘Paddy straw’ mushroom.

Paddy straw mushrooms have a 16% hold on the total production of cultivated mushrooms in the world.

    • Lentinus Edodes

Lentinus edodes is largely produced in Japan, China and South Korea. They are also known as shiitake or oak mushrooms. Lentinus edodes accounts for at least 10% of the world production in cultivated mushrooms.

    • Boletus Edulis

Boletus edulis is often called Porcini. Other names for it are King Bolete, Cep, and Steinpilz. Porcini is renowned for its nutty flavor. It is sought after worldwide, and can be found in a variety of culinary dishes.

    • The Truffle

The Truffle, Tuber magnatum or Piemont white truffle, is also called a Summer or St. Jean truffle, and sometimes Tuber brumale. Truffles belong to the ascomycete grouping of fungi.

The truffle fruit bodies are developed underground in mycorrhizal and are associated with more popular trees such as poplar, beech, and hazel.

Interesting Note

Since truffles are difficult to find, trained pigs or dogs are often used to sniff them out for harvesting!

Amazing! And these are only some of the most common edible fungi on our planet!

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Can Mold Be Good?

What is Mold and How Can It Be Good?

A mold of fungus is an organism that survives on almost any material; it digests its food externally and absorbs the nutrient molecules into its cells.

With the onslaught of publicity about molds that threaten human health, we now fear molds and destroy them on sight, which is very understandable since its our well-being that were just looking out for.

But what we have forgotten is that molds have good uses too.

What Happens if there Is No Mold?

The first and most important role of fungi is that without it, we would have piles of trash everywhere because fungi get food from our trash.

They eat the trash and make it into soil. They are the first and natural garbage dispensers.

What is Yeast?

Fungi are very important if you view their good use. Yeasts, for one, are responsible for fermentation.

Fermentation is the process used in making the beer that you enjoy drinking, Saccharomyces cereviseae, is a special yeast that is used in making the alcohol needed in this process.

The same fungus is used in most of the bread that you eat, without it, you’ll be eating flat bread.

What are Mushrooms?

Mushroom is a form of fungus. In many countries, mushroom farming is a very big industry.

The biggest role of Fungi is probably that it acts as the primary decomposers of dead plant and animal matter in almost all ecosystems.

That’s why we commonly see molds on old bread. So you see that many molds have good uses too.

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Mold and How it Grows

What is Mold?

Mold is a term used generally to describe a group of organisms that appear as fussy or powdery growth. Molds the same with rusts, yeasts, and mushrooms are different members of the fungus family.

They were once considered as a part of the plant kingdom, fungi are now regarded as their own kingdom of organisms. Molds live off by absorbing nutrients from dead or living organic matter.

As of date, Mycologists have identified at least 100,000 living species of fungus have been identified, some of which are beneficial to mankind. An estimated 200,000 types of fungi are in possible existence which has not yet been identified.

What Does Mold Do?

Molds serve an important role in nature. They help break down organic matter that other animal or plants cannot. Aside from nature, humans also have found uses for mold.

We eat molds in our cheese, soy sauce, yogurt, wine and beer, mushrooms, dried fruits such as prunes and raisins, vinegar, foods containing yeast, soy sauce, mayonnaise, other salad dressings, catsup, chili sauce, canned tomatoes, canned juices and so much more.

Humans also found out that the best use for molds, as antibiotics to cure disease. The best example of this is Penicillin, which is derived from the mold Penicillium.

Where Can Mold Grow?

Mold can almost grow anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors, as long as there is enough surface moisture to sustain their growth keep them alive.

They can be found in all sorts of climate and in every social and economic condition. They thrive where moisture, oxygen, and the chemicals they need are present.

They can be found on the surfaces of objects, within pores, and inside deteriorated materials.

Indoor Molds

Indoors, molds can be found in damp basements, in poorly ventilated closets, and behind baseboards and walls. They thrive in bathrooms, hot tubs and Jacuzzis, the laundry room especially dirty clothes.

They can be found in kitchens and food storage areas, even in the refrigerator and its drain pan. Dirty dishes are a common place for molds, soiled trash cans and compactors.

Mold can also be found in mattresses, any moist carpets or rugs, and in heavily draped or double-paned windows. Worn clothing and leather products also have a high possibility of contamination of molds.

Roof or plumbing leaks and unsealed concrete slabs is a good bet for having mold.

Additionally, the stalks and leaves of indoor house plants, along with the dirt they grow in, can support mold growth.

Outdoor Molds

While outdoors, molds are easily found on dead and dying vegetation such as leaves, straw, grain or other crops, and wood. They are also common in moist, shady areas, and in certain grasses and weeds.

They sometimes grow in soil or on debris and other surfaces as long as there is continuous exposure moisture. They can be found on the leaves of shrubs and other plants that grow against a house or in standing water.

In gardens, molds thrive in compost piles since they have both moisture and humidity. Some molds attach themselves to grains such as wheat, oaks, and corn, making farms, and silos probable places to find them.

Neglected gutters around the house and poor drainage of foundation water are a very good breeding ground for mold growth.

How Does Mold Survive?

Molds are very fit for survival. Though, in order to thrive, molds need four things.

4 Things Mold Needs to Thrive

  • food
  • a fungal spore
  • moisture
  • warmer temperatures [40-100 degrees fahrenheit]

Molds have no problem when it comes to food since they can eat any organic material present.

When the temperature and moisture in the environment are suitable for germination, the fungus spore bursts and grows into a thread-like filament which contains the fungal spores.

Liquid water comes into the house through leaky foundation or from leaks or breaks in plumbing. These conditions are the main cause in the formation of indoor organic materials.

If left for more than one to two days, these conditions allow mold growth to commence.

Mold Thrives in Humidity

Molds can thrive on places were the average humidity is between 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity indoors is a direct result when hot air comes in contact with a cool surface and water condenses to form dew.

This is a typical setting in buildings that have poorly insulated exterior walls and windows during winter. Exposed cold pipes in the summer can also produce this same effect.

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Dealing With the Threat of Mold After Flooding

When Can I Safely Re-Occupy My Home?

This is the most common question often asked after a major calamity. Homes that have sustained any flood damage should expect to have a mold contamination with visible growth, and should not be re-occupied until the necessary mold remediation is performed.

Mold is a now considered as a national health crisis of epidemic proportions due to the health effects from exposure that most commonly occur by inhalation, skin contact, and sometimes, ingestion can be extremely dangerous to anyone, depending on indoor air counts and length of exposure.

It is strongly advised that mold remediation work involving large areas (100 sq ft or 10 ft x 10 ft) should be performed by trained mold remediation experts.

In normal circumstances, areas exceeding 25 to 30 sq ft should also be remediated by trained personnel who can contain the area and remove the mold effectively and safely. By following this suggestion, you don’t risk being exposed to harmful molds and their effects.

Do-It-Yourself Mold Remediation

If you decide to do mold clean up by yourselves, it is strongly advised to use protective equipment and dutifully follow these tips. Use dust masks and gloves, when inspecting areas small that have severe presence of molds.

Always remember to stay for a maximum of 15 minutes only on places were there is severe mold contamination. As much as possible minimize dust release as it also includes mold spores.

If you are trying to clean up an area of at least 100 square feet or a total area of 10 feet by 10 feet, use half-face air purifying respirators with goggles and gloves for safety purposes.

In the event that you are covering an area of 100 square feet it is highly advised to use a full-face air purifying respirator, gloves and disposable cover all. Doing so lowers your chance to exposure to mold spore to zero. But it is still highly suggested that a professional do this.

Mold Remediation in a Two Story Home

If you are doing clean up on a two story house, thoroughly seal-off the second floor by using poly sheeting. Remember to always run a high power exhaust fan in the area where you are working to provide ventilation and prevent possible infiltration of any airborne mold or bacteria into adjoining spaces.

To clean up small debris and dust, use vacuum cleaners with filters. After all these, clean off and disinfect the area with a detergent and bleach solution.

Health and safety advisories to remember when cleaning up after flooding:

  • Be aware of black mold that are growing on sheetrock. There is a possibility that it may be Stachybotrys chartarum. This kind of mold produces a toxin which has been associated with severe health problems in humans.
  • Be vigilant in looking for a whitish or yellowish cotton candy-like mold growth that is observed in many homes.This mold growth has been identified in some testing as Fusarium, which like the black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum, also produces a toxin that is associated with adverse health problems in humans.
  • If you smell a gas leak, it is highly advised to call your utility company. Doing so prevents the possibility of fire or explosion that may lead to more damaged property or loss of life.
  • Be aware to stay away from downed power lines and damaged electrical wires. A sudden electrical surge may prove fatal.
  • Usually, mold clean-up activities may result in the release of lead paint dust. It is recommended for households that have children under the age of 7 to have a lead dust wipe post clearance testing.Doing this ensures the safety of everyone in your household from possible lead poisoning.
  • There is a probability that the plaster that you may be working on may contain asbestos. More extensive testing is required to really understand and know the scope of this potential problem.It is good to know that plaster can be inexpensively tested for asbestos content. Cleaning-up of asbestos-containing plaster surfaces poses a very severe health risk to workers and occupants.
  • In the event that you are using a gas powered generator, place them outside the house. Long term exposure to carbon monoxide will kill anyone.

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Practical Steps to Choosing the Right Air Filter

Where Does Mold Grow Best?

Molds are known to grow best in places where there is an adequate supply of moisture.

Despite the fact that it is identified as a harmful form of microbe, molds also contribute a considerable benefit in the world. Even so their subsistence has caused a lot of risks to human health.

That’s why it has been so crucial to get the most out of some instruments to help prevent the penetration of this harmful substance to human’s health condition.

Molds Can Be Life Threatening

Molds are considered as life-threatening because they can lead to the worsening of the physical condition of any individual.

One of the most common instruments used to keep your homes free from any sign of mold contamination is the air filter. There are a lot of air filters that are available in the marketplace.

However, the problem only surface when you don’t know exactly what type of air filter to buy and which one will aid you on your campaign against molds.


How to Decide What Air Filter Suits You Best

The following steps are designed to help you decide on what air filter suits you best:

    • Determine the root of the problem

Find out how grave the air quality snags you are trying to nip in the bud.

If you are coping with allergic reactions, it is of the essence that the air around is maintained fresh and pure as much as possible.

It should be noted that the specific kind of allergies or sensitivities is an integral aspect that needs to be weighed up.

    • Visualize the size of the room

To end up with the right kind of air filter, it also helps if you try to determine first the size of the room where the air filter will be placed.

This is a vital factor to take into consideration because it contributes much on properly cleaning the air in a certain room.

    • Decide where to put your air filters

The question of where to put the air filter is also a considerable thing to take into account.

The location of the air purifying device has a great effect on its effectiveness. It is very optimal to set the device not far off the source of molds.

    • Give consideration to the noise level

Some people treat noise level as part of the pointers that anyone should examine when buying a certain air filter. It helps to procure the best air filter that is not exclusively founded on the dimension of the air filter itself.

    • Be a smart buyer

Most of the time this factor is undetected by usual air filters buyers.

It is of great magnitude to pay attention to how frequently the air filters need to be modified and how much their asking price was

It also helps to asses the cost involved when you use a certain air filter for about one to two year duration. In actual fact, some air filters may be able to go a longer duration of time before they are finally changing.

Pick the best style of air filter. The looks of air filter does matter. Color is also an integral element to think about.

Others might say that style is only secondary to the air filter’s level of efficacy.

Remember that the design of the inner recesses of the air filter also add to its overall lure and functionality.

    • Check out the warranty of air filters

Warranty is regarded as the most vital feature that most buyers look into when they want to purchase a well-suited type of air filter that will impede the indoor contagion of molds.

An air filter is considered to be hard-wearing if it is free from such quandaries like glitch on the motor, fan, and electrical workings and controls.

More often than not quality upkeep is of great magnitude to the complete deterrence of dangerous molds inside your homes.

    • Bank on a reliable source

The eminence of the manufacturer where you will purchase the air filter is crucial to any mold prevention campaign.

Most good quality types of air filters are those that are widely held by the majority of consumers.

Air Filters Eliminate Further Damage By Mold

To sum it up, molds really pose a great danger to humans. By using air filters, you can eliminate the further damage that molds can cause to your wellbeing.

However, the best remedy to the growing mold problem is still to keep good indoor air quality in your place of abode. Filtration by using air cleansing devices is only a minor option to win the war against molds.

What matters most is that you are always on guard for any threat of mold exposure. Nothing is more powerful than to be conscious in your surroundings.


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Where To Live With A Mold Allergy

Where IS the Perfect Place to Live with Mold Allergies?

Mold allergy sufferers may spend their lives in search of the perfect climate. There are criteria when selecting a home based on environmental conditions, but unfortunately there is no true, universal answer.

Since there are so many types of people and so many varieties of mold, not to mention the fluctuating climate of any area throughout the seasons, it is virtually impossible to name one spot as the Utopia of all allergy victims.

That said, there is still some amount of hope. Allergy sufferers should always check the mold and pollen count of each season in any area before moving. They may be moving into a war zone.

It is good to be prepared for what lies ahead, especially if this enables them to choose a different new home.

Large Cities

Large cities, such as Charleston, SC, and Houston, TX seem to be worse for those fleeing allergies. Charleston and Houston were number one and two of the top twenty-five cities in the US in 2001, according to a study released by Flonase.

It may be the pollution or the population, but no matter the reason, those who are subjected to allergies have found living in large cities to be miserable.

Conditions

Warm, windy conditions are also distressing. Mold thrives on warmth, and travels by way of the breeze.

Those violently allergic to mold should stay away from this type of climate at all cost. Even those who are less allergic than others should avoid this.

Humidity

Humidity, too, can be a mold’s friend and allergy victim’s enemy. Areas that are often moist promote mold growth, creating an environment unfriendly to most.

Those that live near water, such as the coast, and suffer from mold allergies, ought to consider moving inland. Those that are thinking about moving to the coast: don’t.

Coupled with heat and wind, this is a nightmare.

Seasons

Many molds are dormant in the winter, but not all. A region that freezes more frequently or for longer periods of time than most would be ideal for allergies.

However, the Northwest United States is still uncomfortable for anyone bothered by mold. The fact remains that not many people long to spend their lives in a cold, arid location.

Some people do eventually find their own version of Utopia, and still more don’t. There is no right answer.

All anyone can do is keep a clean, dry home, and do their best to avoid situations that may cause an allergic attack.

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How To Know if Mold is “Good” or “Bad”

What Is Mold?

  • Mold is a fungus and it grows on plants and fibers.
  • Mold reproduces once it finds a specific area and then creates allergens that irritate many functions of the human body.
  • Mold digests organic matter by releasing spores.

Have you ever noticed the green or black fuzzy stuff that grows on bread or walls? That’s mold!

How do you know if its good mold or bad mold? Is there a difference? Definitely.

What Is the Difference Between Good and Bad Mold?

Not all mold is toxic or “bad,” but indoor mold growth is never good.

All mold can cause health effects to sensitive individuals if left as it naturally grows in your home.

Then, is there such a thing as “good mold?”

There are positive ways mold has been used is a likelier statement.

How has Mold Been Used Positively?

  • The antibiotic, Pennicillin, was derived from mold and has saved many lives from deadly diseases!
  • Mold has been used to age cheeses to the perfection of taste!
  • Mold has even been used to improve the texture of wine!

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10 Things You Should Know About Mold

10 Important Things Everyone Should Know About Mold

Don’t go into mold prevention and mold removal unarmed! Here are some tips that will help you fight your battle with mold:

Health Effects

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

Control Mold Growth

There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

Eliminate Moisture

If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

Repair Water Problems

Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

Reduce Indoor Humidity

Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and dehumidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

Clean and Dry

Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Use Detergents

Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

Prevent Condensation

Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

Rules for Carpeting

In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

Mold is Everywhere

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

Source: The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) at epa.gov

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