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Essential Steps to Take After Your Home Floods

Hurricanes, Rain, and Mold

What happens to a city when a storm system dumps an entire year’s worth of rain in just 3 days? In late August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston, Tx and surrounding areas. The storm left 33 trillion gallons of water on U.S. soil before finally weakening. As you can imagine, the flooding experienced in Houston was intense. Many lives were lost. Homes were ripped apart, bridges collapsed and dams gave way. Even though the hurricane is now in the rear-view mirror, the health catastrophe continues to unfold in slow motion. While the focus of the news was on the shear amount of rainfall in the city (upwards of 50 inches in some locations), mold will be an issue for months and potentially years to come.

So, the question remains: after the wrath of a big storm has passed, what should a homeowner or renter do to keep mold from growing in their homes? Here are the essential steps to consider after your home has been flooded.
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MoldBlogger Interview: Lisa and Ron Beres

Q. Being advocates for healthy homes, how often do you get contacted concerning black mold and how to remove it?

Lisa: We get contacted quite often for mold inquiries from people all across the country, but most people are unaware if they actually have mold, the scope of the problem or how to properly remove it. Many people will experience hay fever like symptoms, but if they can’t see visible mold, they tend to think it doesn’t exist or isn’t a real threat.

Ron: We always start by advising the person test, not guess. Too many people unknowingly put themselves and/or their loved ones in danger by ignoring the visible signs of moisture or water damage and/or a musty smell. They assume it will go away on its own. Many people wait too long before addressing the root cause of the issue – typically a leaky water source.
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A Closer Look at Mold – Types, Classes, and Tips to Clean it

A Closer Look at Mold – Types, Classes, and Tips to Clean it

  1. Mold can grow almost anywhere! You might not see it but it could be there!.
  2. All types of mold prefer areas low on light and high on moisture – behind drywall/sheetrock, within wallpapers, carpeting, bathtub stains and etc.
  3. Mold spores or mold toxins can be present in food without you ever knowing.
  4. Many anti-biotics are manufactured thanks to mold types like Penicillium & more.
  5. Baking soda, borax, ammonia, oregano oil, neem seed oil, they all can help you clean up and get rid of mold, but bleach and peroxide will not handle Class A types of mold.
  6. The early stage of being sick from Mycotoxin will show no physical symptoms but it can affect the brain cavity.
  7. There is no such thing as mold allergy. You either fight it as a virus, or you end up sick (or even very sick).
  8. Mold toxins are even more dangerous if you use steroids, anti-biotics or even immune suppressing products.
  9. Candida Albicans is detected in the stomach and mouth of 40% to 60% of adults.It emits toxins, able to cause cancer.
  10. Most types of mold prefer to grow in a low pH environment, while Candida does it at pH of 7.
  11. NOBODY IS IMMUNED TO HEALTH RISKS FROM MOLD TOXINS!

Yellow. Green. Brown. White. Black. Mold comes in these and many other colors, just like a box of crayons. However, unlike crayons, these invasive fungi are nowhere near as fun to work with. If your property has been affected by this highly persistent growth, simply wiping it away will not solve the issue. Below, we will discuss the effects of mold on health, its common varieties, and the cleaning techniques that you can use to prevent the growth from coming back.
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Mold in Basements: Mold Symptoms

Mold in Basements: Mold Symptoms

Mold in the basement can be a major problem and can seriously worry you. Mold can easily grow in the basement of your house or apartment building, especially in old buildings. This can create a very unhealthy living environment. How can you recognize the existence of basement mold?
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How to Prevent Five Common Health Problems Caused By Mold

The Health Effects of Mycotoxins

No one is very comfortable with the idea of mold. It’s slimy and smells bad and just is generally distasteful. Even the word “mold” is an ugly sounding word. You wouldn’t even imagine eating a piece of cheese or slice of bread that has mold on it. And yet, when it comes to mold in their home, many people are surprisingly complacent. The smell might be annoying, but not annoying enough for many to want to spend time, money, or effort getting rid of it. This idea is potentially disastrous; despite being seemingly innocuous, mold in the home can be very dangerous. Even if you don’t come into physical contact with the mold, it can still affect you. A number of different types of mold especially forms of black mold, release airborne spores known as mycotoxins, which can enter the human body through the respiratory system and cause a number of adverse health effects.
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How to Prevent Mold During Construction

Preventing Mold During Construction

One of many things to take into account when building a house or any other facility is the growth of mold during the construction. Mold is everywhere, so it stands as huge and possible threat that can slow the construction and increase costs of replacing affected materials as well as costs of remediation. Depending on climate and location, some construction sites are more susceptible to moisture that later result in moldy buildings. The least expensive way to deal with the mold is the prevention and certain measures undertaken before and during the construction can go a long way.
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Mold Removal Tips

Mold Removal DIY Steps

What do you do when you’ve spotted mold in your home? You’ve heard of all the negative effects mold can have on your health and it can really ruin the appearance of a room, so of course you want to get it cleaned up quickly. For larger mold infestations, you’ll have to call in the professionals, but if you’re looking to clean up surface mold you can handle it up yourself with just a few steps.
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How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally

How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally Infographic

Mold is invasive, and it can creep into unlikely places. From sippy cups to condensation pipes, mold can grow wherever there’s moisture. Unfortunately, people can have serious reactions to mold. Some people are simply allergic, and others develop respiratory issues over time after being exposed too long to mold.

How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally
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5 Ways to Avoid Mistakes While Cleaning Mold

The Dangers of Cleaning Mold

Cleaning mold may seem like something you can do on your own, but dealing with mold cleaning is not a task to be done briefly or unprofessionally. This process requires knowledge, attention, and experience which are usually provided by trained mold cleaning technicians and service providers. Why? Well, primarily because mold is a tricky fungus and a stubborn one as well, and if you take this matter lightly or not seriously as you should, you can find yourself in a really unpleasant situation, to say the least.

Taking mold cleaning lightly can result in severe mistakes. So, what are the 5 main ways to avoid such mistakes in the process?
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Treating Mold Health Issues with Essential Oils

Mold Health Hazards

Mold overgrowth is a serious hazard that can lead to a variety of debilitating health conditions. Many types of mold spores are toxic. You may not even realize that you have been exposed to mold. It is often hidden behind walls and floor coverings. The best thing you can do is to identify the mold source, if you suspect you are experiencing poor health due to its presence. The next step is to remediate the mold and treat the symptoms within your body.
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Preventing and Treating Mold Naturally

Is Mold Beneficial?

Nature is designed to maintain balance. Animal predators keep overpopulation of species in check, which lowers levels of disease and other issues. Mushrooms, which are a part of the fungi family, help to aid the supply of nutrients, decompose and recycle. This is crucial in maintaining health and the cycle of life for many species.

Mold is also a fungi and has a purpose within the natural world. It is only when mold enters the home where nature is not at play that many harmful problems can arise. Mold takes root and thrives in areas that have moisture. Leaks and high humidity can cause conditions that encourage mold growth.
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6 Ways to Get Rid Of Your Mold and Mildew in Your Home

Mold and Mildew in the Home

Mold and mildew do not only represent a big esthetic issue. They can also be very troublesome for your health. That being said, we need to be serious when dealing with this issue.

In fact, mold is one of the most common instigators of respiratory diseases ranging from common cough to bronchitis and asthma. On top of that, mold is one of the top 3 allergens.

Luckily, there are a few solutions. Here are 6 good (and cheap) ways to get rid of mold.
Let’s check them out!
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6 Steps to Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation

Finding mold can make your stomach drop. Not only is it unsightly, but it can cause serious damage to your health. When you see mold, your first thought may be one of fear and panic. Is this mold dangerous? How far has it spread? How much is it going to cost to get rid of it?
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Simple Steps To Get Rid of Mold From Your Swimming Pool

Mold in Swimming Pools

If you’re the proud owner of a swimming pool, you’ll be well aware that keeping your pool in tip-top condition can be time-consuming, and ensuring your pool is healthy and clean is a balancing act that can be challenging at times.

Whether it’s trying to keep your pool sparkling clean, maintaining the correct pH levels or ensuring the filtration system is working to optimum levels, understanding how to manage your pool can be difficult, and it’s vitally important to keep on top of your pool maintenance to ensure your pool is clean and safe for swimming.

Keeping your pool sparkling clean doesn’t need to be a huge challenge if you undertake a regular pool cleaning routine. Regular cleaning can allow you to avoid issues such as white water mold, murky water, broken filtration systems and failing equipment.

Mold is a serious issue when it comes to swimming pools, and it’s important to stay on top of mold issues to ensure your pool not only looks clean but it is healthy and safe to swim in. White water mold is often confused with algae, with the big difference being white water mold is a naturally occurring fungus that forms a heavy coating in pools if left untreated.
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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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